We're going to look at Philippians. There are four points I want to make from the four chapters found in this book.
Philippi is located in the region of Macedonia. It was a Roman colony. They were Roman citizens and had the same rights as citizens of Rome would have.
Philippi - Church established ~ 52 AD (Acts 16)
It is just miles from teh coast of the Aegean sea. We know the church was established by Paul, in AD 52, when he had received a vision in Troas to come over to Madedonia. And, thus the gospel was spread for the first time into Europe.
- Acts 16:11-12
It took about 5 days to make the crossing. It was where Paul spoke to Lydia, outside the city by the river and the first converts became Christians.
- Acts 16:13-15
Lydia and her household became the first converts. Later the Philippian jailer and his household were converted. This location became an important location for Paul and his ministry.
- 2 Corinthians 2:13
- Acts 20:6
Philippians is one of the prison epistles written by Paul while he was in Rome, written in about 62 AD.
- Philippians 2:27
Philippians Point #1 - Christ is the PURPOSE of My Life
- Philippians 1:21-24
Paul states that he is indiffernt toward death. He is not afraid to face what comes after death. To live is Christ, and to die is gain, even better for him. He would be content to die.
For many poeiople life is about power, money, political gain. But, Paul did not say, Christ is life, but rather, living is Christ nd diying is gian.
He states that death is something better.
- Philippians 3:7
For Paul, in prison, death would be a liberation for him.
- Hebrews 2:9-18
Christ was the purpose of Paul's life. If he had to suffer, or die, for Christ's purpose it was all the better for him.
Philippians Point #2 -Christ is the PATTERN of My Life
- Philippians 2:5-8
Paul uses this to teach the pattern of humility.
- John 1:14
He, Christ, made himself of no reputation. He lived life as a man, an average man. He was a poor, humble worker. He possessed the real attributes of diety, yet took on the real attributes of servanthood.
- Hebrews 4:14-16
Jesus, was tempted in all points that we are tempted. There was nothing for which we are tempted that He did not face. He was tired, hungry, sad, and was like us. He was tempted in the same way, therefore He can understand.
Jesus obeyed the Father's Will.
- Hebrews 5:8-9
When His Father's presence left him, He cried out...
- Matthew 27:46
The body on the tree was accursed.
- Deuteronomy 21:23
To the Jews this became a stumbling block, and the Greeks thought it foolishness.
- 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
- Romans 12:1-2
Are we willing to sacrifice ourself for God? Paul says, Christ is the pattern of my life.
Philippians Point #3 - Christ is he PRIZE of My LIfe
- Philippians 3:13-14
Paul admits he hasn't reached the prize, yet. Jesus is the prize. Paul states he will throw away anything that stands in the way of the prize.
Perfect - translated in the new testament, means complete, thouroughly.
- Matthew 4:21
- Galatians 6:1
- 1 Thessalonians 3:10
- 2 Corinthians 13:11
Paul presses on. He pursues Christ. Christ changed Paul from a persecuter to apostle.
- Acts 22:3-5
His goal laid ahead, and he presses toward the mark. He forgets the things behind him, the persecutions he partook in, and the sin in his life, and looks forward to the prize.
- 1 Corinthians 9:24
- 2 Timothy 4:8
Philippians Point #4 -Christ is the POWER of My Life
- Philippians 4:12-13
Paul recognized that his strength resides in Christ. It is Christ who empowered him.
- 1 Timothy 1:12
Christ gave him the power to preach the word.
- 2 Timothy 4:17
The strengthening is in the power of Christ.
- Ephesians 6:10
You can also be strong and empowered by Christ.
The Israelites when faced with the men of Canaan, were afraid, they could have been empowered by God, but they allowed fear to prevent them from recieving the prize, Numbers 13-14.
Paul recognized that Christ is the power through God, and that in Him all things are possible.
- Romans 8:35-39
- Phlippians 4:18-23
The epistle, though brief is rich in thought. Paul's emphasis on grace through the Lord, enhances and enriches our lives. God's grace is reaching out in the form of sending His Son to die on the cross. We have to be obedient to Him. These blessings come to those who are in Christ.
To allow Christ to be the purpose, pattern, prize and power in your life you must first believe that He is the Son of God, be willing to confess His name before men, repenting of your sins and humbly obeying Him in baptism to have your sins washed away.
And, having done these things, walk in faith toward the prize set before us, a home in Heaven with Him.
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