Summary: Paul’s prays because His affection is so great for the Body of Christ that he MUST tell others about Jesus. Our challenge is: "Is there a part of your life that DOESN’T want to honor God?" After all He has done, how can we NOT live for Him!

“An Honest Prayer”

Philippians Sermon Series, Part 2

Philippians 1:7-11


- Last time we saw several different things that we need to remember

- First, Paul offers us grace and peace (a common greeting in Christ)

-- Why? It is something that we should mirror when as we live our lives today

-- We are to live our lives as a reminder with the same things God has given us

- Second, it is a privilege to share the Gospel with those around you

-- If it’s a privilege to preach Christ, it is ALSO a privilege to suffer WITH Him!

-- HUGE: We are blessed to simply be trusted with sharing what we’ve received!

- Paul says (v8) that only God can testify of how long he desires that we’d know

-- He literally says that his heart aches that we would know what he knows of Jesus

-- Philippians 3:10, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”

- I’d like to dive a little deeper tonight into two verses we discussed on Sunday

-- Additionally, this will help us shed a little more light on the next verses

- Read Philippians 1:7-11

∆ Point 1 – We Have a Common Cause

- Paul says, “Whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel” (v7)

-- Remember that Paul literally calls himself a prisoner of Christ:

-- Philemon 1:1, “Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus”

-- Ephesians 3:1, “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles”

- Paul is a prisoner of Christ, but he uses language here that says they are also

-- It is right for him to feel this way because … they (we) share in this also

-- We are called to be responders and defenders of the same Gospel

-- It is why this sentence is so endearing and why it means so much

- Let me rephrase it and see if it makes more sense:

-- “It is right for me to feel this way because we are slaves to the same cause.”

-- We share in the commonality of Christ, and so we have brotherly affection

- When Paul speaks this way it is not in a casual manner, but reminding them

-- It is his intention to bring to mind the importance of where they’ve been

-- “All of you share in God’s grace with me”; both in His suffering and His glory

-- We have been captured by the same Spirit, and we are to have a deep affection

- v8 goes even deeper: God can testify to how much I long for you

-- It is with the same love that Christ has for us that I have for you

-- APP: He is making me more like Himself, and therefore my heart aches for you

- Don’t allow the devil to let you wander here, the meaning is VERY clear

-- APP: We are called to have a deep affection for members of the body

-- Why? Because we share in the same knowledge that without Christ we are lost!

- Without Christ, we are doomed eternally and NO ONE is greater than another

-- Romans 2:11, “For God does not show favoritism.”

-- Romans 2:11 (KJV), “For there is no respect of persons with God.”

-- APP: No one ought to get a big head about who they are

- It is in this spirit and this relationship he has that his prayer can be considered

-- Look at the following verses to see how Paul really feels about this church

∆ Point 2 – A Prayer for Us

- First Paul says that he prays for the church, and then he tells them how

-- Be clear here: Paul does not believe in “drive by prayer” which is common today

-- I don’t think Paul would be one to click “like” on Facebook and call it done

-- Paul gets down to the heart of the matter and is specific (see it in 3 parts)

- Part 1: Verse 9

- That your love, that the very inner part of your being and who your are

-- That part that even your closest friend might not know about

-- The place where you keep your secrets; that THAT part of your heart MAY:

- Grow more and more as you grow closer to Christ every day

-- That you may have more wisdom and more knowledge about who Christ is

-- That you would study to gain more wisdom (Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”)

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