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Philippians 1:9-11
Main Introduction   The Philippian church demonstrated spiritual excellence in their love towar...
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2012-01-16 17:36:43
Main Introduction The Philippian church demonstrated spiritual excellence in their love toward Paul as he expressed in verses 3-8, because: a. They gave Paul so many joyful memories to be thankful for (v.3). b. These joyful memories made his friends become a source of frequent joyful prayers as Paul thought of them (v.4). c. What was the cause of these many joyful memories and frequent joyful prayers? It was the joyful partnership that they had with Paul of sharing in the gospel work of getting the message of Christ out, which should always be the "Message of Our Ministry," as our theme suggests (v.5). d. This joyful partnership gave Paul a joyful confidence that God had begun a good work in them and would complete it (v.6). e. When our relationships with one another is filled with joyful memories and prayers and partnerships and confidence, we can't help but have a joyful affection for one another (7-8). Life Lesson: Christians who practice "love," always experience "joy." Even though the Philippian church demonstrated an excellent love toward Paul, he didn't want them to be complacent with it. Therefore, he lets them in on what his prayer is for them. Read verses 9-11 . Sub-Introduction Paul wanted the church to keep growing in love, not just toward him, but toward one another and the world around them. For the essence of spiritual growth is love. A church that is not loving, is a church that is not spiritually growing. So Paul was saying to them as Ron Edmondson says in his article about the 5 reasons churches stop growing... 1. Don't get comfortable …It’s okay to be comfortable, but when you hang out there too long, it can be dangerous, because you stop trying new things to spur growth and excitement. 2. Don't quit dreaming …Dreams inspire, challenge, and grow people and organizations. You’ll never dream bigger than the dreams God has for you or your church. 3. Don't stop taking risks …You can’t succeed at anything without a measure of risk. Playing it safe never grows anything. The call of God always involves risk-taking. 4. Don't start maintaining …When you fall into the mode of protecting what you have, you’ll be less likely to encourage growth for fear of losing ground. 5. Don't fail to walk by faith ...Especially for the church…we are a faith- based organization. If you aren’t walking by faith in what you are doing… it’s impossible to please God. [However, Paul was not only concerned about a love that grows , but he was also concerned about how they let their love grow . The love that the Philippian church displayed toward Paul was like an over-flowing, flooding river. But a flooding river that has no banks or boundaries to contain or control its out-flow, often cause much hurt, harm and damage to an environment and its people. Paul did not want this to happen to the church. Therefore, he prayed that their over-flow of love would grow, but with a guided out-flow. And within his prayer, he shares five essential components that we must allow to guide and control how we love. - Lets see how Paul progressively lays this out for us in 5 stages. [First, he prays that their... I. Love be Guided by Real Knowledge and Discernment (v. 9) A. Love Guided by Real Knowledge (v. 9b). The greek word for knowledge here does not refer cognitive knowledge gained by understanding only, but experiential or practical knowledge. Paul want the Philippian church to move on from just having knowledge by a mere understanding of God's word and how to explain it, but he wanted them to grow to having knowledge gained by experience from practicing God's word. Immaturity is having knowledge by understanding only, but maturity is having knowledge by both understanding and wise application. cf. Rom. 15:14; Col. 1:9-10; Prov. 3:5-6. B. Love Guided by discernment (v. 9c). Having knowledge and not knowing how to wisely apply it like trying to chop down a tree with an axe handle with no axe head - you won't be effective. Love must have a certain sensibility and tactfulness in its outreach. How many times do we mean well by helping others, but end up making the situations worse? In trying to say the right things, we say the wrong things; in trying to do the right thing, we end up doing the wrong thing. Godly discernment is spirit-controlled and therefore, helps us make mature assessments on how to show love to one another. This kind of discernment is developed through close companionship with Christ and learning how he exhibited this kind of ethical and moral tactfulness in his life toward others. Life Lessons: - We should never become complacent in the degree of love that we may have for one another. However, we should always be seeking knowledge and discernment through God's word ( studying the character of Christ in the gospels ) on how we can increase our love for each other. - John Maxwell says that - a wise man learns from his own mistakes; and a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others; but the wisest man learns from the successes of others. [When your love is guided by God's knowledge and discernment, that kind of love can spot things that are phony and wrong; it can lead you to asking the correct questions to get the the truth of the matter; it is a real... II. Love that can approve what is excellent (v. 10a). That is, we can move from being naive and gullible by only understanding the ordinary and easily-understood spiritual obligations of love, to being able to discern and discriminate the finer points of christian conduct.] [Once we have learned to approve things that are excellent, based on real knowledge found in the word of God and real discernment that comes from living it out in our lives, we can walk in a real... III. Love that is p ure and blameless (v. 10b). That is, this kind of sharp discerning and discriminating, excellent love leads to a lifestyle of integrity and sincerity. Your life becomes an open book with no dirty mysteries.] [And when we have this excellent, knowledge discerning, sincere, non-offensive Love that Paul prays for, it is a real... IV. Love that is filled with the fruit of Christ's righteousness (v. 11a). ] [And only Christlike love is the real... V. Love that brings Glory and Praise of God (v. 11b). ] Conclusion: When we reflect Christ-likeness, we reflected the glory of the character of God, which is the result of spiritual growth and the aim of Paul's prayer.
10000000097516 97516 Notes 2011-12-08 10:28:46 2012-01-16 17:36:43 Main Introduction The Philippian church demonstrated spiritual excellence in their love toward Paul as he expressed in verses 3-8, because: a. They gave Paul so many joyful memories to be thankful for (v.3). b. These joyful memories made his friends become a source of frequent joyful prayers as Paul thought of them (v.4). c. What was the cause of these many joyful memories and frequent joyful prayers? It was the joyful partnership that they had with Paul of sharing in the gospel work of getting the message of Christ out, which should always be the "Message of Our Ministry," as our theme suggests (v.5). d. This joyful partnership gave Paul a joyful confidence that God had begun a good work in them and would complete it (v.6). e. When our relationships with one another is filled with joyful memories and prayers and partnerships and confidence, we can't help but have a joyful affection for one another (7-8). Life Lesson: Christians who practice "love," always experience "joy." Even though the Philippian church demonstrated an excellent love toward Paul, he didn't want them to be complacent with it. Therefore, he lets them in on what his prayer is for them. Read verses 9-11 . Sub-Introduction Paul wanted the church to keep growing in love, not just toward him, but toward one another and the world around them. For the essence of spiritual growth is love. A church that is not loving, is a church that is not spiritually growing. So Paul was saying to them as Ron Edmondson says in his article about the 5 reasons churches stop growing... 1. Don't get comfortable …It’s okay to be comfortable, but when you hang out there too long, it can be dangerous, because you stop trying new things to spur growth and excitement. 2. Don't quit dreaming …Dreams inspire, challenge, and grow people and organizations. You’ll never dream bigger than the dreams God has for you or your church. 3. Don't stop taking risks …You can’t succeed at anything without a measure of risk. Playing it safe never grows anything. The call of God always involves risk-taking. 4. Don't start maintaining …When you fall into the mode of protecting what you have, you’ll be less likely to encourage growth for fear of losing ground. 5. Don't fail to walk by faith ...Especially for the church…we are a faith- based organization. If you aren’t walking by faith in what you are doing… it’s impossible to please God. [However, Paul was not only concerned about a love that grows , but he was also concerned about how they let their love grow . The love that the Philippian church displayed toward Paul was like an over-flowing, flooding river. But a flooding river that has no banks or boundaries to contain or control its out-flow, often cause much hurt, harm and damage to an environment and its people. Paul did not want this to happen to the church. Therefore, he prayed that their over-flow of love would grow, but with a guided out-flow. And within his prayer, he shares five essential components that we must allow to guide and control how we love. - Lets see how Paul progressively lays this out for us in 5 stages. [First, he prays that their... I. Love be Guided by Real Knowledge and Discernment (v. 9) A. Love Guided by Real Knowledge (v. 9b). The greek word for knowledge here does not refer cognitive knowledge gained by understanding only, but experiential or practical knowledge. Paul want the Philippian church to move on from just having knowledge by a mere understanding of God's word and how to explain it, but he wanted them to grow to having knowledge gained by experience from practicing God's word. Immaturity is having knowledge by understanding only, but maturity is having knowledge by both understanding and wise application. cf. Rom. 15:14; Col. 1:9-10; Prov. 3:5-6. B. Love Guided by discernment (v. 9c). Having knowledge and not knowing how to wisely apply it like trying to chop down a tree with an axe handle with no axe head - you won't be effective. Love must have a certain sensibility and tactfulness in its outreach. How many times do we mean well by helping others, but end up making the situations worse? In trying to say the right things, we say the wrong things; in trying to do the right thing, we end up doing the wrong thing. Godly discernment is spirit-controlled and therefore, helps us make mature assessments on how to show love to one another. This kind of discernment is developed through close companionship with Christ and learning how he exhibited this kind of ethical and moral tactfulness in his life toward others. Life Lessons: - We should never become complacent in the degree of love that we may have for one another. However, we should always be seeking knowledge and discernment through God's word ( studying the character of Christ in the gospels ) on how we can increase our love for each other. - John Maxwell says that - a wise man learns from his own mistakes; and a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others; but the wisest man learns from the successes of others. [When your love is guided by God's knowledge and discernment, that kind of love can spot things that are phony and wrong; it can lead you to asking the correct questions to get the the truth of the matter; it is a real... II. Love that can approve what is excellent (v. 10a). That is, we can move from being naive and gullible by only understanding the ordinary and easily-understood spiritual obligations of love, to being able to discern and discriminate the finer points of christian conduct.] [Once we have learned to approve things that are excellent, based on real knowledge found in the word of God and real discernment that comes from living it out in our lives, we can walk in a real... III. Love that is p ure and blameless (v. 10b). That is, this kind of sharp discerning and discriminating, excellent love leads to a lifestyle of integrity and sincerity. Your life becomes an open book with no dirty mysteries.] [And when we have this excellent, knowledge discerning, sincere, non-offensive Love that Paul prays for, it is a real... IV. Love that is filled with the fruit of Christ's righteousness (v. 11a). ] [And only Christlike love is the real... V. Love that brings Glory and Praise of God (v. 11b). ] Conclusion: When we reflect Christ-likeness, we reflected the glory of the character of God, which is the result of spiritual growth and the aim of Paul's prayer. notes
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