Summary: No matter the circumstances of the world, we have peace through Jesus Christ.
The Peace of God
October 5, 2014 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: No matter the circumstances of the world, we have peace through Jesus Christ.
Focus Passage: Philippians 4:4-9
Supplemental Passage: "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6 NASB)
Introduction: Ebola, war, earthquakes, terrorism, people getting their heads cut off, failing economies, etc. Over and over and over, God says “Fear Not” or “Do Not Fear.” He says that because He is in control.
I. Rejoice in the Lord (v4)
a. If you are saved, nothing and no one can take that away
b. “and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. (John 10:28 NASB)
II. Do not be anxious, but pray (v6)
a. God has not abandoned you. He knows what you need
b. "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:31-34 NASB)
III. Dwell on what is good (v8)
a. Don’t gossip or only think about the bad things that are going on. Think about what God is doing in your life, in the life of your family, and in the life of your church.
b. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; (1 Thessalonians 5:21 NASB)
IV. Practice what you’ve been taught (v9)
a. You know what to do; just do it.
b. The world teaches you to fret and worry. God teaches us to trust Him.
c. "If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. (John 13:17 NASB)
Application/Invitation: Your life isn’t really about you. It’s about God getting glory through you. The way you meet challenges, the way you face opposition, the way you deal with tragedy defines how you are allowing God to work in you.