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  • 1. Philippians 4:1 June 3, 2012 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi
  • 2. The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
  • 3. BarclaysDaily Study Bible (NT)William Barclay1907-1978
  • 4. William Barclay was anauthor, radio and televisionpresenter, Church ofScotland minister, andProfessor of Divinity andBiblical Criticism at the
  • 5. University of Glasgow.*While professor, hedecided to dedicate his lifeto "making the best Biblicalscholarship available to theaverage reader".
  • 6. ”It frequently happens thatthe value of a thing lies inthe fact that someone haspossessed it.*A very ordinary thingacquires a new value, if it
  • 7. has been possessed bysome famous person.*In any museum we will findquite ordinary things--clothes, a walking-stick, apen, pieces of furniture--
  • 8. which are only of valuebecause they werepossessed and used bysome great person.*It is the ownership whichgives them worth.
  • 9. *It is so with the Christian.*The Christian may be avery ordinary person, but heacquires a new value anddignity and greatnessbecause he belongs to God.
  • 10. The greatness of theChristian lies in the fact thathe is Gods.” William Barclay
  • 11. “There are two great days ina persons life - the day weare born and the day wediscover why.” William Barclay
  • 12. *J. Vernon McGeesThru The Bible
  • 13. J. Vernon McGee 1904-1988John Vernon McGee wasborn in Hillsboro, Texas.
  • 14. He served churches inDecatur, Georgia; Nashville,Tennessee; and Cleburne,Texas before he moved withhis wife to Pasadena,California and then to Los
  • 15. Angeles to become thepastor of the Church of theOpen Door in 1949, wherehe continued as pastor until1970. *In 1967, he began theThru the Bible Radio
  • 16. Network program.*In a systematic study ofeach book of the Bible, Dr.McGee took his listenersfrom Genesis to Revelationin a two and one-half year
  • 17. "Bible bus trip," as he calledit. *After retiring from thepastorate in January, 1970,and realizing that two and ahalf years was not enoughtime to teach the Bible,
  • 18. he completed another studyon the radio of the entireBible in a five year period.*Thru the Bible is stillbroadcast on the radio everyday of the week.
  • 19. “Faith is not a leap in thedark. Faith is not a hope so.Faith is substance andevidence - substance for ascientific mind, andevidence for a legal mind.”
  • 20. *Warren Wiersbe’sExpository Outlines
  • 21. Warren Wiersbe 1929- Warren Wendel Wiersbe isan American pastor, Bibleteacher, conference speaker
  • 22. and a prolific writer ofChristian literature andtheological works.*He is a contributing editorto Baker Book House.
  • 23. He has been writing bookssince the 1950s underseveral publishing houselabels; completing morethen 150 books includingthe popular BE series of
  • 24. commentaries on everybook of the Bible which hassold over four million copies.
  • 25. Some times referred to as"the pastors pastor", he hasbecome a well known andtrusted Bible theologian andscholar throughoutEvangelical circles.
  • 26. “People cant see your rootsystem, but God can.” Warren Wiersbe
  • 27. “In contrast to the believer,the ungodly are not liketrees but are like chaff.They have no roots, produceno fruit and are blownabout.” Warren Wiersbe
  • 28. “Yes, let God be the Judge.Your job today is to be awitness.” Warren Wiersbe
  • 29. “The way we respond tocriticism pretty muchdepends on the way werespond to praise.*If praise humbles us, thencriticism will build us up.
  • 30. But if praise inflates us, thencriticism will crush us; andboth responses lead to ourdefeat.” Warren Wiersbe
  • 31. “Let the trials of life makeyou a giant, not a midget.” Warren Wiersbe
  • 32. “Most Christians are beingcrucified on a cross betweentwo thieves: Yesterdaysregrets and tomorrowsworries.” Warren Wiersbe
  • 33. Philippians 4:1“Therefore, my belovedbrethren whom I long tosee, my joy and crown, inthis way stand firm in theLord, my beloved.”
  • 34. Whenever you see the word“therefore”, ask yourself,“What is that thereforethere for?”
  • 35. Philippians 4:1The passage opens with thetransitional word therefore,which indicates that whatPaul is about to write buildson what he has just written.
  • 36. What Paul wrote in chapter3 of Philippians describesour pursuit of Christlikeness,which is both:the goal in this life andthe prize in the next life.
  • 37. 8 “For physical training is ofsome value, but godlinesshas value for all things,holding promise for boththe present life and the lifeto come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
  • 38. 2 Peter 1:33 “His divine power has givenus everything we need for lifeand godliness through ourknowledge of Him Whocalled us by His own glory
  • 39. and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
  • 40. Philippians 4:1“Therefore, my belovedbrethren whom I long to see,my joy and crown, in thisway stand firm in the Lord,my beloved.”
  • 41. Every teacher enjoys sayingabout one of their students,“That’s one of my boys!”As the shadows wereclosing in around Paul, thePhilippians were some of his
  • 42. converts that brought himthe greatest joy.He called them his joy andhis crown.The crown representedvictory after all his toil!
  • 43. The question naturallyarises as to how Paulscommand to stand firm is tobe implemented.
  • 44. Philippians 4:1“my beloved brethren, inthis way, stand firm in theLord,”Pauls answer, introduced bythe phrase “in this way”,
  • 45. unfolds in verses 2-9.He lists seven basic,practical principles that leadto spiritual stability:1) cultivating harmony in the church fellowship,
  • 46. 2) maintaining a spirit of joy,3) learning to be content,4) resting on a confident faith in the Lord,5) reacting to problems with thankful prayer,
  • 47. 6) thinking on godly virtues,7) obeying Gods standard.
  • 48. “in this way stand firm inthe Lord, my beloved."And, as Paul also said to theEphesian believers:11 “Put on the full armor ofGod, so that you will be able
  • 49. to stand firm againstthe schemes of the devil”.Ephesians 6:11The Christian faith willproduce stability of life.
  • 50. Sometimes when we lookback and remember sometime when we didn’t standfirm or took the wrong turnor fell to temptation orshamed ourselves, we say
  • 51. to someone whom we love:"If you had been here, thiswould never havehappened."
  • 52. John 11:21 & 3221“Martha then said toJesus, “ Lord, if You hadbeen here, my brotherwould not have died.”
  • 53. 32 “Therefore, when Marycame where Jesus was, shesaw Him, and fell at His feet,saying to Him, “Lord, if Youhad been here, my brotherwould not have died.”
  • 54. Our only way to stand firmand have safety againsttemptation is to be in theLord, always being aware ofHis presence around us andin us.
  • 55. The Church as the body ofChrist and the individualChristian can stand firm onlywhen we stand in Christ.
  • 56. *In this passage, Pauladdresses the vital questionof how believers can bespiritually stable.*Steko (stand firm) is themain verb of verses 1-9.
  • 57. Stand firm is an imperative,a command with almost amilitary ring to it.*Like soldiers in the frontline, believers arecommanded to hold their
  • 58. position while under attack(Eph 6:11,13,14).*We are not to collapseunder persecution andcompromise, to fail undertesting and complain, or to
  • 59. yield to temptation and sin.
  • 60. The Lord Jesus Christprovides the perfectexample of standing firm forus who await our perfection.
  • 61. Jesus faced persecution, butnever compromised;He "endured . . . hostility bysinners against Himself"without wavering(Hebrews 12:3).
  • 62. He was "tempted in allthings as we are, yetwithout sin" (Hebrews 4:15).Facing a more severe trialthan any believer will everundergo, "Jesus . . . for the
  • 63. joy set before Him enduredthe cross, despising theshame, and has sat down atthe right hand of the throneof God"(Hebrews 12:2).
  • 64. Jesus Christ is the perfectmodel of standing firm thatwe as believers are tofollow.
  • 65. Philippians4:2-3“I urge Euodia and I urgeSyntyche to live in harmonyin the Lord.
  • 66. *Euodia is pronounced:“yew-oh-DEE-ah”.*Syntyche is pronounced:“Sin-TICK-ay”.
  • 67. Euodia and Syntyche werechurch members, notoutside troublemakers.Apparently these two ladieswere not speaking to eachother.
  • 68. The resulting discord,disunity, and conflict couldhave devastated theintegrity of the Philippianchurchs testimony.
  • 69. Because of the seriousnessof their disagreement, Paulrealized that Euodia andSyntyche needed theChurchs help to resolvetheir animosity.
  • 70. It is significant that whenthere was a quarrel atPhilippi, Paul mobilized thewhole resources of theChurch to mend it.
  • 71. He thought no effort toogreat to maintain the peaceof the Church. A quarrellingChurch is no Church at all,for it is one from whichChrist has been shut out.
  • 72. Their dispute was evidentlynot over a doctrinal issue.If it had been, Paul wouldhave resolved it by sidingwith the one who wascorrect and rebuking the
  • 73. one who was in error.*Even if the doctrine issound, disunity robs achurch of its power anddestroys its testimony.
  • 74. *A church facing hostileexternal enemies cannotafford to have its membersfighting among themselves.
  • 75. *Such infighting frequentlygives the enemies of theCross an avenue of attack.*The enemies of the Crossdon’t care whose fault it is.
  • 76. It doesn’t matter to themwhether the fault lies with achurch member, a staffmember or even the pastor.Any time there is disunity inthe Church, they are thrilled.
  • 77. The tragic conflict betweenEuodia and Syntyche revealsthat even the most mature,faithful, and committedpeople can become so selfishas to be embroiled in
  • 78. controversy if they are notdiligent to maintain unity.
  • 79. *Discord leaves the churchcollectively and its membersindividually vulnerable andunstable.*Spiritual stability requirespeace and harmony in the
  • 80. church.Blessed indeed are thepeacemakers(Matthew 5:9).
  • 81. *No man can be at peacewith God and at variancewith his fellow-men.*Paul did not mean thatthese ladies must be carboncopies of each other.
  • 82. They may have haddifferences of opinion aboutmany different things, butthat will not separate twopeople who have the mindof Christ.
  • 83. It is one of the glorioustruths about the body ofChrist that each membercan be different and yet allare one in Christ.
  • 84. Romans 12:3-53 “For by the grace givenme I say to every one of you:Do not think of yourselfmore highly than you ought,but rather think of yourself
  • 85. with sober judgment, inaccordance with themeasure of faith God hasgiven you.4 Just as each of us has onebody with many members,
  • 86. and these members do notall have the same function,5 so in Christ we who aremany form one body, andeach member belongs to allthe others.” Romans 12:3-5
  • 87. There is a time whenconflict is acceptable,namely when truth is atstake.Paul even confronted Peterwhen the latter was in error:
  • 88. "When Cephas [Peter] cameto Antioch, I opposed him tohis face, because he stoodcondemned" (Gal 2:11).
  • 89. But mere personal conflictsmust be resolved andharmony restored, so Paulcommanded Euodia andSyntyche to live in harmony.
  • 90. The Greek text literallyreads:"to be of the same mind" —an essential prerequisite ifChristians are to live inharmony.
  • 91. Agreement between Euodiaand Syntyche was essential,and the sphere in whichthey had to find theirharmony was in the Lord.
  • 92. Paul knew that if they bothgot right with the Lord, theywould be right with eachother.
  • 93. People can never really loveeach other until they loveChrist.The brotherhood of man isimpossible without thelordship of Christ.
  • 94. *Loving unity in thefellowship of believerscreates an environment ofstability.
  • 95. Philippians4:3“Indeed, true companion, Iask you also to help thesewomen who have shared mystruggle in the cause of theGospel, together with
  • 96. Clement also and the rest ofmy fellow workers, whosenames are in the book oflife.” Philippians 4:3
  • 97. Paul addressed someone inverse 3 as true companion.Suzugos (true comrade)means "yokefellow," andrefers to someone whoshares a common burden.
  • 98. The picture is one of twooxen pulling the same load.
  • 99. Suzugos was a genuineyokefellow, just asOnesimus was genuinelyuseful and Barnabas was atrue son of encouragement.
  • 100. Philippians 4:4“Rejoice in the Lord always;again I will say, rejoice!”
  • 101. This verse expresses thetheme of the book ofPhilippians, that believersare to “rejoice in the Lordalways” (Philippians 3:1).
  • 102. Joy is such a vitallyimportant factor inbelievers spiritual stabilitythat Paul repeats hiscommand for emphasis:“again I will say, rejoice!”
  • 103. *This repetitionpresupposes the reality thatit was not easy to be joyful.*The Philippians needed torise above theircircumstances.
  • 104. Some folks, who wronglyidentify joy as a purelyhuman emotion, find Paulstwice-repeated command torejoice puzzling.
  • 105. How, they ask, can peoplebe commanded to producean emotion?But joy is not just a feeling;it is also the deep-downconfidence that
  • 106. God is in control ofeverything for the believersgood and His own glory, andthus all is well no matterwhat the circumstances.
  • 107. Chairete (rejoice) is apresent imperative, callingbelievers to the continual,habitual practice ofrejoicing.
  • 108. The night before the Cross--Jesus said, "These thingshave I spoken unto you thatMy joy might remain in you,and that your joy might befull." John 15:11
  • 109. Well, what a strange kind ofa joy that could be.When Job had lost hischildren and lost his houseand lost his lands and losteverything.
  • 110. And, in want and in poverty,sat down and said,“Naked came I from mymothers womb. And nakedshall I return thither. TheLord gave and the Lord hath
  • 111. taken away. Blessed be thename of the Lord.” Job 1:21So, I find that this joy of theBible--"Rejoice evermore"—is in every fortune and trialand season of life.
  • 112. *First, it is inward and notoutwardly conditioned.*How it is on the outsidedoesnt matter.*And Paul and Silas, atmidnight, beat, with their
  • 113. backs covered with blood,thrust into the innerdungeons, and they prayedand sang praises unto God."For I have learned," he said,"in whatsoever state I am, to
  • 114. be content---to rejoiceevermore."Beat, then thanking God Hecounted us worthy to sufferfor His name’s sake; poor,then rich toward God,
  • 115. having a hard, hard time.But, His strength is madeperfect in my weakness.
  • 116. Luke 10 17-2017 “The seventy returnedwith joy, saying, “Lord,even the demons aresubject to us in Your name.”
  • 117. 18 And He said to them,“I was watching Satan fallfrom heaven like lightning.19 Behold, I have given youauthority to tread onserpents and scorpions, and
  • 118. over all the power of theenemy, and nothing willinjure you.20 Nevertheless do notrejoice in this, that thespirits are subject to you,
  • 119. but rejoice that your namesare recorded in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20
  • 120. Is there any time when Icant be glad in that?My name is written on thepage bright and fair.My name is written on theLambs Book of Life.
  • 121. When I think of that--I maygrow ancient and infirm. Imay be sick.And my family may bedissolving, and they do, andthey will. But, think of that.
  • 122. Your names are written inthe Lambs Book of Life.“In that,” said Jesus,“Rejoice!”Theres another one, and itis this:
  • 123. Luke 15:3-73 “So He told them thisparable, saying,4 “ What man among you, ifhe has a hundred sheep andhas lost one of them, does
  • 124. not leave the ninety-nine inthe open pasture and goafter the one which is lostuntil he finds it?5 When he has found it, helays it on his shoulders,
  • 125. rejoicing. 6 And when hecomes home, he callstogether his friends and hisneighbors, saying to them,‘Rejoice with me, for I havefound my sheep which
  • 126. was lost!’7 I tell you that in the sameway, there will be more joyin heaven over one sinnerwho repents than overninety-nine righteous
  • 127. persons who need norepentance.” Luke 15:3-7
  • 128. Rejoicing over Gods peoplecoming home; somebodysaved; somebody added tothe great roll call in glory.I have been in services whereI didnt know anyone.
  • 129. An absolute stranger, butthe Spirit of God was there.And, when the appeal wasmade, people were saved.I have stood there while theinvitation hymn was being
  • 130. sung, and watching thosepeople saved, just cry.Tears roll down my face. Ido not know how todescribe it. If youve neverfelt it, youd never know it.
  • 131. But it is a fountain openedup.It is a gladness thatoverflows.Its the welling up of thesoul.
  • 132. It is the rejoicing in God.Well, may the Lord give usthat gladness. It is hard.All life inevitably and finallybecomes hard, becomesdifficult.
  • 133. But these things neverchange, and we are torejoice and be glad in them.
  • 134. Neither Paulsimprisonment nor thePhilippians trials shouldeclipse their joy.