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Summary: Description: During this series we will be looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippian church. Paul founded the church at Philippi and wrote the letter during a time of imprisonment in Rome. One of the themes in the book is joy. (some thoughts taken from a

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Philippians Pt8- Christ is Sufficient

The Thank You Challenge!

Lack of thanksgiving can account for Christians, churches, and whole civilizations be destroyed.

The frequent God-ward utterance of “thank you” is a spiritual weapon- causes demonic powers to flee.

1 Thess 5:16–18 16Rejoice always; 17pray without ceasing; 18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Jn 12- Judas complained- waste expensive perfme.

Judas was a grumbler and it hindered his walk w/God.

Grumbling causes us to not see/appreciate miracles.

Offenses we do not turn over to God become gossip.

Declare war on grumbling/complaining/unthankfulness.

A/C’s stolen-1st thought-silver lining in-cloud.

Introduction/Review

Continue- Philippian Experience- convey/impart life.

Jn 4:14 (NASB) whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Two important thoughts-

In the Lord we find relational peace.

In the Lord we find inward peace.

V4.9 (v3.17, Lk 11.28)

Incredible confidence in God, not self- imitate my life.

Practice- do, act on, engage in.

If want God’s peace- must take action on God’s Word- look at how other godly men/women live- imitate.

Ja 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

Never allow your Christianity to become a set of principles isolated from everyday life.

v4.10-12

Paul- thanking the Philippians for their financial gifts.

Philippians- owed Paul their very salvation- in that sense their debt was very great.

Appropriate for them to give generously to his ministry.

1 Tim 5:17 (NASB) The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

Paul discusses- principle further- 1 Cor 9.7-11 (Gal 6.6)

Ultimately Paul learned- his trust was in God, not men.

v4.11 (Heb 13.5, 1 Tim 6.6-8, 2 Cor 9.8)

Content- self-sufficient, not needing any assistance.

Christianity raised the meaning of Greek- contentment- from self-sufficiency to finding sufficiency in Christ.

2Cor3:5Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

Contentment- does not consist in possessing much, but in wanting little.

If you want a man to be content, do not add to his possessions, take away from his desires.

Path to contentment- finding our sufficiency in Christ.

2 Cor 12: 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 ... when I am weak, then I am strong.

How can we learn contentment-

1. Avoid comparisons

You are content w/house until you see someone else’s.

I wish I had- a husband like her husband,

a job like that person has,

the money they have.

Avoid comparisons, produces yearnings- cannot fulfill.

2. Cultivate gratefulness

Learn to thank God for what you have/who you are.


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