How to Fall in Love With Your Church - Part 1 Series: Philippians-Gateway to Joy Philippians 1:3-5
Learn to Thank God for the “Divinely Designed ________” in Your Church!
Learn to Thank God for the “Divinely Designed Positives” in Your Church!
Learn to Thank God for the “Divinely Designed Positives” in Your Church! • 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you • Phil. 1:3
The Human Negatives • 27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; • Philippians 1:27 • 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; • Philippians 2:3
The Human Negatives • 14Do all things without grumbling or disputing • Philippians 2:14 • 18For (many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ • Philippians 3:18 • 2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Philippians 4:2
B. The Divine Positives • 15You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Philippians 4: 15-16
B. The Divine Positives • 1Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, 2that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. 3For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, • 2 Cor. 8:1-3
B. The Divine Positives • 19for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, • Phil. 1:19 • 29For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, • Phil. 1:29
2. Learn to Joyfully Pray for the “Divinely Designed ________” in Your Church!
2. Learn to Joyfully Pray for the “Divinely Designed Problems” in Your Church!
2. Learn to Joyfully Pray for the “Divinely Designed Problems” in Your Church! • 4always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, • Phil. 1:4
The Joy-Effect of Consistent Prayer • 8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you 10always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. • Rom. 1:8-10
B. The Joy-Effect of Believing Prayer • 9And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. • Phil. 1:9-11
3. Learn to Appreciate the “Divinely Designed ___________” in Your Church!
3. Learn to Appreciate the “Divinely Designed Partnerships” in Your Church!
3. Learn to Appreciate the “Divinely Designed Partnerships” in Your Church! • 5in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. • Phil. 1:5