Servants of the Servant
Paul’s letter to the Philippians
Part 4
“How is it possible that the Gospel should
be credible, that people should come to
believe that the power which has the la...
27 Above all, you must live as citizens of
heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner
worthy of the Good News about Christ....
28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your
enemies. This will be a sign to them that
they are going to be destroyed, but t...
2 Is there any encouragement from
belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his
love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit?
A...
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress
others. Be humble, thinking of others as
better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out...
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine priv...
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place
of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other
names,
10 that at the na...
12 Dear friends, you always followed my
instructions when I was with you. And now
that I am away, it is even more importan...
14 Do everything without complaining and
arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives as child...
28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your
enemies. This will be a sign to them that
they are going to be destroyed, but t...
28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your
enemies. This will be a sign to them that
they are going to be destroyed, but t...
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place
of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other
names,
10 that at the na...
28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your
enemies. This will be a sign to them that
they are going to be destroyed, but t...
2 Is there any encouragement from
belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his
love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit?
A...
14 Do everything without complaining and
arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives as child...
2 Is there any encouragement from
belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his
love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit?
A...
And I will continue to rejoice. For I know
that as you pray for me and the Spirit of
Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead...
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it
again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you
are considerate in all you do. Re...
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray
about everything. Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done. 7...
Words and Pictures from Last Week
• Kate M. - God had been speaking her through one of the 
worship songs we sang. As we s...
Words and Pictures from Last Week
• Becca - picture of a tornado swirling around.  In the 
same way we are often caught up...
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Citizens and Stars - following Bill Drewett's talk at Bristol Vineyard on 22nd September. It's the 4th in the Philippians series...

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Philippians 4

  1. 1. Servants of the Servant Paul’s letter to the Philippians Part 4
  2. 2. “How is it possible that the Gospel should be credible, that people should come to believe that the power which has the last word in human affairs is represented by a man hanging on a cross? I am suggesting that the only answer, the only hermeneutic (explanation) of the Gospel, is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it.” Lesslie Newbiggin The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  3. 3. 27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.
  4. 4. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
  5. 5. 2 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
  6. 6. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
  7. 7. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
  8. 8. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  9. 9. 12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
  10. 10. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 1: 27 – 2: 15
  11. 11. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
  12. 12. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
  13. 13. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  14. 14. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
  15. 15. 2 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
  16. 16. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 1: 27 – 2: 15
  17. 17. 2 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
  18. 18. And I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance. Philippians 1: 18-19
  19. 19. 4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
  20. 20. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 4-7
  21. 21. Words and Pictures from Last Week • Kate M. - God had been speaking her through one of the  worship songs we sang. As we sang those words, the  Holy Spirit had come across the room.  It was an  encouragement/promise to wait and the Holy Spirit will  come. • Sheilah - had a picture of an iris.  The tuba of the iris  needs to be put on the surface of the earth (not under it)  in order to grow.  As the sun shines on it the root grows  down.  Needs the sun to grow.  As we position ourselves  in the right place i.e. in God's presence we will grow. 
  22. 22. Words and Pictures from Last Week • Becca - picture of a tornado swirling around.  In the  same way we are often caught up in lots of busyness.   However, when you move into the eye of the storm it is  still and peaceful.  We need to take time and to be still;  to wait on God in the midst of busyness. • James - picture of a tap dripping.  It was open enough  for a tiny bit to get through.  God is not a dripping tap but  a fountain, a river etc.  We may have been going through  a dry patch recently but we need more water to survive. • Anne - a picture of a group of people walking along like  the Israelites walked along.  Instead of God being at the  front of them, he was at the side of them.

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