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Breaking points … we all have them. Accounts I have read of POWs and torture are horrific – breaking points. Or a relationship between a man and a woman, both married to others, begins and goes on and on and is fed and is fed until a line is crossed than cannot be uncrossed – breaking points. When hurricanes blow onto the Gulf coast, if you are in the target line, there is a moment in time when you need to evacuate. If you wait … just a little longer … you may find yourself unable to leave – breaking More >
Read Philippians 2: 19 – 30.
Paul commends two faithful men in these verses. Remember how Paul spoke about “partnership” in the beginning of this letter? Well these two men were partners with Paul in the truest sense of the word. A couple of observations …
First, about Timothy. I see Timothy’s servant mind and heart in verses 19 – 21. He was genuinely concerned about the welfare of the Philippian believers. He exemplified Paul’s instruction to “look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (2:4) I wonder if he learned that from his mom and More >
Jesus warned Peter about the temptation from Satan that was coming his way. I don’t think Peter ignored it – I just think he had no frame of reference to accept it. So Jesus goes the next step – he had warned Peter – now he would show him how to prepare for temptations that are sure to come.
Jesus gave a model prayer for his disciples. We call it the Lord’s prayer. You may know it by memory. It is a wonderful thing to have in your mind and memory. Recall this line:
That is still an important part More >
As we finish Philippians 1: 12 – 26 today, focus your attention on verses 19 – 26.
Paul sits in custody. He is using his waiting time well – writing to the churches that he has helped establish as he has journeyed through Asia and not into Europe – talking of Jesus to the guards that are chained to him. But he does not know the outcome of his impending trial. He does not know if he will be released to continue his work … or if he will be put to death.
His desire was that Christ be “exalted in his More >
Read Philippians 2: 12 – 18.
Paul has just finished writing that beautiful descriptor of Jesus in 2: 6 – 11. We saw who Jesus was, where He had come from, how He had behaved and what had been the result. Paul then turns his attention to his readers … to believers. Considering the person of Jesus … just what difference does that make in our everyday lives?
So we work it out! Our salvation is not a gift that we take for granted. It is a gift – indeed – we can’t work for it or earn it. God More >
Read again Philippians 2: 12 – 18.
God’s people are to shine in the world. It has been true throughout the ages. Paul wants us shining like stars! What a beautiful image. Let your heart hear these words …
Psalm 34:5 Those who look at Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Daniel 12:3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with More >
Jesus has worked to shape Peter for nearly 3 years. We have observed the gentleness, the intensity and the training our Lord focused upon him. It provides us with a beautiful example of spiritual formation. Peter was a faithful follower of Jesus – a leader in the band of apostles – a true disciple of this Rabbi.
The three years were nearing their end. Jesus knew it. It was Passover time and Jesus, with his band of followers, made their way to Jerusalem, the Holy City, for the festivities and memorial. They had time together during which Jesus talked with More >
Our third lesson is Philippians 1: 27 – 2:11. Today our focus will be Philippians 2: 5 – 11.
Paul is addressing the barriers to unity in a church. We explored the causes and remedies that he describes in verses 1 – 4 in Post 2 of this lesson. Now Paul lays down the quintessential remedy … the premier antidote to disunity.
Verse 5 – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Well … that can’t happen! But wait … can it? Let me remind you of some things …
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and More >
Let’s consider two more principles of spiritual formation today as we watch Jesus train Peter. First, as you read, watch Peter …
Verse 24 tells us that the “disciples” were amazed at this conversation. The Jewish mindset at the time believed that prosperity was a sign of God’s blessings on an individual – so they were pleasing to God. And yet Jesus had challenged this prosperous, young ‘ruler’ with the fact that he was not right with God. O, he was a law-keeper, all right, but Jesus had looked into the heart of the man and seen an idol. He More >
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” – Romans 1:16
Christians are people with a distinctive story.
We are people who have embraced the biblical message of the gospel — that Christ died for our sins, was raised from the grave, and if we trust in Him as our Savior we will have forgivness for our sins and everlasting life. We believe this not only with our heads but also in our hearts.
For Christians, this gospel is the source of our basic More >