Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do we rejoice always? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that we rejoiced in the LORD always whatever the situation we are in. IV. TEXT: Philippians 3:1 (Amplified Bible) FOR THE rest, my brethren
Do we rejoice always?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we rejoiced in the LORD always whatever the situation we are in.
Philippians 3:1 (Amplified Bible)
FOR THE rest, my brethren, delight yourselves in the Lord and continue to rejoice that you are in Him. To keep writing to you [over and over] of the same things is not irksome to me, and it is [a precaution] for your safety.
Rejoice in the LORD always and always remind ourselves to rejoice in the LORD.
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 60 - 64 A.D.
C. Purpose: 3-fold purposes:
1. To express Paul's affection for the Philippian believers
2. To thank them for their gift
3. To encourage them to a lifestyle of unity, holiness and joy
D. To whom written: Philippian believers
E. Main theme: JESUS CHRIST
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Rejoice in the LORD
"FOR THE rest, my brethren, delight yourselves in the Lord and continue to rejoice that you are in Him."
1. With all heart
Zephaniah 3:14 (Amplified Bible)
Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice, be in high spirits and glory with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem [in that day].
Zechariah 9:9 (Amplified Bible)
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Matthew 21:5 (Amplified Bible)
Say to the Daughter of Zion [inhabitants of Jerusalem], Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey [a beast of burden].
John 12:14-15 (Amplified Bible)
And Jesus, having found a young donkey, rode upon it, [just] as it is written in the Scriptures,
Do not fear, O Daughter of Zion! Look! Your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!
3. Glad and sing for joy
Psalms 5:11 (Amplified Bible)
But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
4. Our names are written in Heaven - our correct motivation to rejoice
Luke 10:20 (Amplified Bible)
Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.
5. Rejoice with those who rejoice
Romans 12:15 (Amplified Bible)
Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (Amplified Bible)
Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);
B. Reading the same things - a safeguard for life
"To keep writing to you [over and over] of the same things is not irksome to me, and it is [a precaution] for your safety."
1. Will of GOD for us is to be safe -- Safety First
Psalms 4:8 (Amplified Bible)
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
Hosea 2:18 (Amplified Bible)
And in that day will I make a covenant for Israel with the living creatures of the open country and with the birds of the heavens and with the creeping things of the ground. And I will break the bow and the sword and [abolish battle equipment and] conflict out of the land and will make you lie down safely.
John 17:12 (Amplified Bible)
While I was with them, I kept and preserved them in Your Name [in the knowledge and worship of You]. Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost except the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot—the one who is now doomed to destruction, destined to be lost], that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Proverbs 18:10 (Amplified Bible)
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.
Proverbs 28:26 (Amplified Bible)
He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident of his own mind and heart is a [self-confident] fool, but he who walks in skillful and godly Wisdom shall be delivered.
Proverbs 29:25 (Amplified Bible)
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.
Psalms 27:5 (Amplified Bible)
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.