1 Route 66 Understanding Philippians Dr. Stephen


Jun 21, 2017 - Philippians 1:20 (ESV) as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as alwa...

0 downloads 0 Views 258KB Size

1 Route 66 Understanding Philippians Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church June 21, 2017 Philippians 1:21 (ESV) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 2:5 (ESV) Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3:8 (ESV) Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord… Philippians 4:13 (ESV) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Structure of Philippians 1. Joy in Living (Philippians 1) 2. Joy in Service (Philippians 2) 3. Joy in Fellowship (Philippians 3) 4. Joy in Peace (Philippians 4) Christ in Your Crisis Philippians 1:12-26 Philippians 1:12 (ESV) I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me … 1. Crisis enables us to witness for Christ. Philippians 1:12 (ESV) I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, Philippians 1:13 (ESV) so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 2. Crisis brings others encouragement through Christ. Philippians 1:14 (ESV) And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 3. Crisis gives us discernment in Christ.

2 Philippians 1:15 (ESV) Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. Philippians 1:16 (ESV) The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. Philippians 1:17 (ESV) The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. Philippians 1:18 (ESV) What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 4. Crisis leads us to grow in Christ. Philippians 1:19 (ESV) for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, Philippians 1:20 (ESV) as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 5. Crisis provides us perspective in Christ. Philippians 1:21 (ESV) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:22 (ESV) If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. Philippians 1:23 (ESV) I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. Philippians 1:24 (ESV) But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Philippians 1:25 (ESV) Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, Philippians 1:26 (ESV) so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

Understanding Philippians

Meaning: Named for the recipient of the letter Author: Paul Audience: The Church at Philippi Date of Writing: 61 AD Theme: One of the key themes in Philippians is joy. It is mentioned in one way or another nineteen times. Key Verses: Philippians 1:19-26 Structure of Philippians I. Joy in Living (Philippians 1) II. Joy in Service (Philippians 2) III. Joy in Fellowship (Philippians 3) IV. Joy in Peace (Philippians 4) Christ in Philippians Chapter 1: Christ is Life (1:21) Chapter 2: Christ is Model of Humility (2:5) Chapter 3: Christ is the One Who Will Transform Our Body (3:21) Chapter 4: Christ Provides Power to Overcome Circumstances (4:13)

Route 66: The Highway of Redemption from Genesis to Revelation Bell Shoals Baptist Church - Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor

JESUS’ PILGRIMAGE Jesus made Himself of no reputation Took form of bondservant Came in likeness of man Found in appearance as man Jesus’ voluntary seven-step descent into self-emptying (Phil. 2:5-8)

Humbled Himself Became obedient to death Even death on the Cross! Jesus Christ is Lord! Every tongue will confess Him Lord Those under the earth will bow

God the Father’s seven steps of lifting Him up (Phil. 2:9-11) Those on the earth will bow Those in heaven will bow Gave Him a name God highly exalted Him

PAUL’S PILGRIMAGE

Concerning the Law, blameless Persecutor of church Pharisee “Hebrew of the Hebrews”

Benjaminite Israelite Circumcised eighth day Paul’s seven-step climb up his shaky ladder of “the flesh” toward selfexaltation (Phil. 3:4-6)

RESULT = RUBBISH (Phil. 3:8)

Paul’s voluntary seven-step descent into self-emptying (Phil. 3:8-10)

RESULT = RESURRECTION (Phil. 3:11)

Gain Christ Be found in Him Have no righteousness of his own Know Him Know His Resurrection power Fellowship in His sufferings

Source: Woman’s Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997.

Conform to His death

Route 66: The Highway of Redemption from Genesis to Revelation Bell Shoals Baptist Church - Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor