Sermons

Summary: I can say this will certainly, the biggest changes in my life and your life are directly related to an ability to choose by the power of the Holy Spirit the ability to choose what to think about.

OUTLINE

The Way of Joy

Philippians Chapter 4

Steele Creek Church, Eastfield – Dr. Tom Bartlett

March 22, 2020

Philippians 4:1-23 (ESV)

“Right-Thinking”

“. . .think about these things. . .”

Right thinking people understand. . .

THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. (Vs. 1-3)

They choose coming together over falling apart

THE PRINCIPLE OF THANKFULNESS

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Vs. 4-7)

They exchange anxiety with thankful prayer

THE PRINCIPLE OF REFLECTION

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Vs. 8-9)

They replace harmful thinking with peace

THE PRINCIPLE OF CONTENTMENT

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Vs. 10-13)

They understand contentment is learned

THE PRINCIPLE OF PARTNERSHIP

Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Vs. 14-20)

They know that God will meet their needs

Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. (Vs. 21-22)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Vs. 23)

MANUSCRIPT

(Note) this series got shifted during corono-virus. The manuscript is not fully complete. When I finish it, I'll add to this here.

The Way of Joy

Philippians Chapter 4

Steele Creek Church, Eastfield – Dr. Tom Bartlett

March 22, 2020

Philippians 4:1-23 (ESV)

“Right-Thinking”

“. . .think about these things. . .”

People are going crazy, they must be out of their minds, the whole world has lost it, the world is ending, never thought I’d say this or see this. . .

These are some of the stories, headlines, and statements we’ve all heard over the past week. It’s quite revealing to see what upsets or even draws an over-reacting emotional response from people. For years pastors have said, “if your hope is in anything that can be taken away, it’s misplaced.”

Now, I’m not downplaying the real threat to our way of life or even the difficulties some are having these days, my point is that there’s a better way to think and a better place to put our trust.

Throughout time God has used circumstances in our world to cause people to seek Him. Famine, war, disease and plagues have been the catalyst for a resurgence of focus on the things of God and what truly matters most.

As a Christ follower I should view all things through the lens of God’s plan because not matter what it is, God will use it. Remember the goal is Christ likeness in the life of a believer and anything outside of that is misplaced thinking.

Copy Sermon to Clipboard with PRO Download Sermon with PRO
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion
using System; using System.Web; using System.IO; ;