Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to move the hearers to LOOK-OUT for religious leaders (which are spiritually blind, greedy, and lazy) that will attempt to turn them against the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ through their WORDS AND ACTIONS.
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
Fort Stewart, Georgia
References: Acts 21:40 (quickview)  (ex. Of Paul’s ability to address folk in the Hebrew Tongue/Language); Ezekiel 33:2 (quickview) Hebrews 13:17 (quickview) 1 Chr. 12:32 (ex. Of the prophets understanding what Israel ought to do); Romans 8:26-27 (quickview)  (… the spirit enabling the Christians to serve God); John 4:23 (quickview)  (… the hour cometh and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father …); Philippians 3:1-16 (quickview) Isaiah 56 (quickview) : 10-11 (Watchmen are blind…)
II. THE LARGER CONTEXT:
Now, before we begin, allow me to share with you some HISTORICAL TRUES regarding THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS. For example, in the Book of Philippians, we find one of the Apostle Paul most cordial and affectionate letters addressed to the Christians at Philippi in Macedonia. For the Philippians formed the first congregation established through Paul on European soil (Acts 16:11-15 (quickview) ). As a result, all years afterwards, Paul’s relations with the Philippianites seem to have been extraordinarily close and happy.
III. THE SMALLER CONTEXT:
Therefore, in our particular text, THIS Afternoon, we learn that Paul who was writing from prison was sending Epaphroditus (who had been originally been sent to VISIT HIM by the Philippian Church) back to Philippi with this letter in hand. In fact, this entire letter breathes Paul’s radiant joy and sere happiness in Christ, even while in prison, and in danger of death (Philippians 2:2 (quickview) 3:8-14; 4:11-13). .
More specifically, …Paul took this opportunity to describe his own situation and state of mind to his Philippian brethren, and to thank them for their gift, WHILE simultaneously giving them certain needed instructions and WARNINGS.
VI. PURPOSE: To move the hearers to LOOK-OUT for religious leaders (which are spiritually blind,
greedy, and lazy) that will attempt to turn them against the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ through their WORDS AND ACTIONS.
VII. SERMONIC THEME: “Watch Them Dogs”
Throughout History, Religious and Spiritual Leaders have had a vital role in the caring for its NATION’S PEOPLE. In fact, in the Book of Isaiah – specifically - Chapter 56, we learn that UNDER THE PERSIAN REGIME, THE LEADER OF THE PEOPLE (subordinate to the Persian Officials) were PRIEST AND PROPHETS.
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Move I: Now, IF YOU’RE HEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME … that RELIGIOUS LEADERS
were DIRECTLY subordinate to the Persian Officials … IT MIGHT seem like a
a. (Ex. There aren’t many believers that would be oppose to President G.W. Bush appointing Billy Graham, and T.D. Jakes respectively …TO KEY CABINET POSITONS)….
b. Again, it might seem like a favorable situation …
d. So much so … that the entire nation was corrupt … and …THEIR WORSHIP OF GOD was also CORRUPT …