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06 June 3, 2012 Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 1

  1. 1. Philippians 4:1 June 3, 2012 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi
  2. 2. The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
  3. 3. BarclaysDaily Study Bible (NT)William Barclay1907-1978
  4. 4. William Barclay was anauthor, radio and televisionpresenter, Church ofScotland minister, andProfessor of Divinity andBiblical Criticism at the
  5. 5. University of Glasgow.*While professor, hedecided to dedicate his lifeto "making the best Biblicalscholarship available to theaverage reader".
  6. 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. 7. has been possessed bysome famous person.*In any museum we will findquite ordinary things--clothes, a walking-stick, apen, pieces of furniture--
  8. 8. which are only of valuebecause they werepossessed and used bysome great person.*It is the ownership whichgives them worth.
  9. 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. 10. The greatness of theChristian lies in the fact thathe is Gods.” William Barclay
  11. 11. “There are two great days ina persons life - the day weare born and the day wediscover why.” William Barclay
  12. 12. *J. Vernon McGeesThru The Bible
  13. 13. J. Vernon McGee 1904-1988John Vernon McGee wasborn in Hillsboro, Texas.
  14. 14. He served churches inDecatur, Georgia; Nashville,Tennessee; and Cleburne,Texas before he moved withhis wife to Pasadena,California and then to Los
  15. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 20. *Warren Wiersbe’sExpository Outlines
  21. 21. Warren Wiersbe 1929- Warren Wendel Wiersbe isan American pastor, Bibleteacher, conference speaker
  22. 22. and a prolific writer ofChristian literature andtheological works.*He is a contributing editorto Baker Book House.
  23. 23. He has been writing bookssince the 1950s underseveral publishing houselabels; completing morethen 150 books includingthe popular BE series of
  24. 24. commentaries on everybook of the Bible which hassold over four million copies.
  25. 25. Some times referred to as"the pastors pastor", he hasbecome a well known andtrusted Bible theologian andscholar throughoutEvangelical circles.
  26. 26. “People cant see your rootsystem, but God can.” Warren Wiersbe
  27. 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. 28. “Yes, let God be the Judge.Your job today is to be awitness.” Warren Wiersbe
  29. 29. “The way we respond tocriticism pretty muchdepends on the way werespond to praise.*If praise humbles us, thencriticism will build us up.
  30. 30. But if praise inflates us, thencriticism will crush us; andboth responses lead to ourdefeat.” Warren Wiersbe
  31. 31. “Let the trials of life makeyou a giant, not a midget.” Warren Wiersbe
  32. 32. “Most Christians are beingcrucified on a cross betweentwo thieves: Yesterdaysregrets and tomorrowsworries.” Warren Wiersbe
  33. 33. Philippians 4:1“Therefore, my belovedbrethren whom I long tosee, my joy and crown, inthis way stand firm in theLord, my beloved.”
  34. 34. Whenever you see the word“therefore”, ask yourself,“What is that thereforethere for?”
  35. 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. 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. 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. 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. 39. and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
  40. 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. 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. 42. converts that brought himthe greatest joy.He called them his joy andhis crown.The crown representedvictory after all his toil!
  43. 43. The question naturallyarises as to how Paulscommand to stand firm is tobe implemented.
  44. 44. Philippians 4:1“my beloved brethren, inthis way, stand firm in theLord,”Pauls answer, introduced bythe phrase “in this way”,
  45. 45. unfolds in verses 2-9.He lists seven basic,practical principles that leadto spiritual stability:1) cultivating harmony in the church fellowship,
  46. 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. 47. 6) thinking on godly virtues,7) obeying Gods standard.
  48. 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. 49. to stand firm againstthe schemes of the devil”.Ephesians 6:11The Christian faith willproduce stability of life.
  50. 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. 51. to someone whom we love:"If you had been here, thiswould never havehappened."
  52. 52. John 11:21 & 3221“Martha then said toJesus, “ Lord, if You hadbeen here, my brotherwould not have died.”
  53. 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. 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. 55. The Church as the body ofChrist and the individualChristian can stand firm onlywhen we stand in Christ.
  56. 56. *In this passage, Pauladdresses the vital questionof how believers can bespiritually stable.*Steko (stand firm) is themain verb of verses 1-9.
  57. 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. 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. 59. yield to temptation and sin.
  60. 60. The Lord Jesus Christprovides the perfectexample of standing firm forus who await our perfection.
  61. 61. Jesus faced persecution, butnever compromised;He "endured . . . hostility bysinners against Himself"without wavering(Hebrews 12:3).
  62. 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. 63. joy set before Him enduredthe cross, despising theshame, and has sat down atthe right hand of the throneof God"(Hebrews 12:2).
  64. 64. Jesus Christ is the perfectmodel of standing firm thatwe as believers are tofollow.
  65. 65. Philippians4:2-3“I urge Euodia and I urgeSyntyche to live in harmonyin the Lord.
  66. 66. *Euodia is pronounced:“yew-oh-DEE-ah”.*Syntyche is pronounced:“Sin-TICK-ay”.
  67. 67. Euodia and Syntyche werechurch members, notoutside troublemakers.Apparently these two ladieswere not speaking to eachother.
  68. 68. The resulting discord,disunity, and conflict couldhave devastated theintegrity of the Philippianchurchs testimony.
  69. 69. Because of the seriousnessof their disagreement, Paulrealized that Euodia andSyntyche needed theChurchs help to resolvetheir animosity.
  70. 70. It is significant that whenthere was a quarrel atPhilippi, Paul mobilized thewhole resources of theChurch to mend it.
  71. 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. 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. 73. one who was in error.*Even if the doctrine issound, disunity robs achurch of its power anddestroys its testimony.
  74. 74. *A church facing hostileexternal enemies cannotafford to have its membersfighting among themselves.
  75. 75. *Such infighting frequentlygives the enemies of theCross an avenue of attack.*The enemies of the Crossdon’t care whose fault it is.
  76. 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. 77. The tragic conflict betweenEuodia and Syntyche revealsthat even the most mature,faithful, and committedpeople can become so selfishas to be embroiled in
  78. 78. controversy if they are notdiligent to maintain unity.
  79. 79. *Discord leaves the churchcollectively and its membersindividually vulnerable andunstable.*Spiritual stability requirespeace and harmony in the
  80. 80. church.Blessed indeed are thepeacemakers(Matthew 5:9).
  81. 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. 82. They may have haddifferences of opinion aboutmany different things, butthat will not separate twopeople who have the mindof Christ.
  83. 83. It is one of the glorioustruths about the body ofChrist that each membercan be different and yet allare one in Christ.
  84. 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. 85. with sober judgment, inaccordance with themeasure of faith God hasgiven you.4 Just as each of us has onebody with many members,
  86. 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. 87. There is a time whenconflict is acceptable,namely when truth is atstake.Paul even confronted Peterwhen the latter was in error:
  88. 88. "When Cephas [Peter] cameto Antioch, I opposed him tohis face, because he stoodcondemned" (Gal 2:11).
  89. 89. But mere personal conflictsmust be resolved andharmony restored, so Paulcommanded Euodia andSyntyche to live in harmony.
  90. 90. The Greek text literallyreads:"to be of the same mind" —an essential prerequisite ifChristians are to live inharmony.
  91. 91. Agreement between Euodiaand Syntyche was essential,and the sphere in whichthey had to find theirharmony was in the Lord.
  92. 92. Paul knew that if they bothgot right with the Lord, theywould be right with eachother.
  93. 93. People can never really loveeach other until they loveChrist.The brotherhood of man isimpossible without thelordship of Christ.
  94. 94. *Loving unity in thefellowship of believerscreates an environment ofstability.
  95. 95. Philippians4:3“Indeed, true companion, Iask you also to help thesewomen who have shared mystruggle in the cause of theGospel, together with
  96. 96. Clement also and the rest ofmy fellow workers, whosenames are in the book oflife.” Philippians 4:3
  97. 97. Paul addressed someone inverse 3 as true companion.Suzugos (true comrade)means "yokefellow," andrefers to someone whoshares a common burden.
  98. 98. The picture is one of twooxen pulling the same load.
  99. 99. Suzugos was a genuineyokefellow, just asOnesimus was genuinelyuseful and Barnabas was atrue son of encouragement.
  100. 100. Philippians 4:4“Rejoice in the Lord always;again I will say, rejoice!”
  101. 101. This verse expresses thetheme of the book ofPhilippians, that believersare to “rejoice in the Lordalways” (Philippians 3:1).
  102. 102. Joy is such a vitallyimportant factor inbelievers spiritual stabilitythat Paul repeats hiscommand for emphasis:“again I will say, rejoice!”
  103. 103. *This repetitionpresupposes the reality thatit was not easy to be joyful.*The Philippians needed torise above theircircumstances.
  104. 104. Some folks, who wronglyidentify joy as a purelyhuman emotion, find Paulstwice-repeated command torejoice puzzling.
  105. 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. 106. God is in control ofeverything for the believersgood and His own glory, andthus all is well no matterwhat the circumstances.
  107. 107. Chairete (rejoice) is apresent imperative, callingbelievers to the continual,habitual practice ofrejoicing.
  108. 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. 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. 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. 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. 112. *First, it is inward and notoutwardly conditioned.*How it is on the outsidedoesnt matter.*And Paul and Silas, atmidnight, beat, with their
  113. 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. 114. be content---to rejoiceevermore."Beat, then thanking God Hecounted us worthy to sufferfor His name’s sake; poor,then rich toward God,
  115. 115. having a hard, hard time.But, His strength is madeperfect in my weakness.
  116. 116. Luke 10 17-2017 “The seventy returnedwith joy, saying, “Lord,even the demons aresubject to us in Your name.”
  117. 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. 118. over all the power of theenemy, and nothing willinjure you.20 Nevertheless do notrejoice in this, that thespirits are subject to you,
  119. 119. but rejoice that your namesare recorded in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20
  120. 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. 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. 122. Your names are written inthe Lambs Book of Life.“In that,” said Jesus,“Rejoice!”Theres another one, and itis this:
  123. 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. 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. 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. 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. 127. persons who need norepentance.” Luke 15:3-7
  128. 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. 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. 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. 131. But it is a fountain openedup.It is a gladness thatoverflows.Its the welling up of thesoul.
  132. 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. 133. But these things neverchange, and we are torejoice and be glad in them.
  134. 134. Neither Paulsimprisonment nor thePhilippians trials shouldeclipse their joy.