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Summary: The last in my series in Philippians, focusing on Paul’s promise that God can meet all our needs.

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Philippians 4: 10-20, 21-23 – “God will take care of you”

By James Galbraith

First Baptist Church, Port Alberni.

November 19, 2006

Text

10I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show

it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,

whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

15Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

20To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

21Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All the Lord’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. 23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Review

- Paul’s letter has been full of encouragement to a church that is small and surrounded by a hostile majority.

- he has been blessed by them, even while he resides in prison in Rome, and they are a generous, caring church.

- they have had problems with people who want to add unnecessary teachings to the core of the gospel

- Paul condemns this and warns the Philippians to stay true

to the simplicity of the gospel message that led them to Jesus

- and they have had to deal with dissent in the ranks, over issues so trivial that Paul names the fighters without naming the issue!

SO now, after a letter full of joy, confrontation and encouragement, he wraps it all up by essentially telling them that,

God’s taking good care of me, and he’ll take good care of you too!

Let’s take a look at these parting verses.

Introduction

READ VERSE 10-14 - 10I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.


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