CHOOSING TO SERVE WITH JOY
CHOOSING TO SERVE WITH JOY: Powerful Ministry Principles from Philippians
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20-Oct-19: Perspective on the Call by Ptr. Marvin
WE ARE CALLED BY GOD
Breaking down the passage
Called in Death and Life
Looking Back at Philippians 1:9-11
The steps of the call
Ultimate reason of the call
In death and in life.
27-Oct-19: Partnership until Completion by Dr. Narry
PARTNERSHIP UNTIL COMPLETION
We are going through a new message series called “Choosing to Serve with Joy: Powerful Ministry Principles from Philippians.” This 2nd of an 8-part series deals with partnership until completion, based on the promise of God. Based on Phil. 1:3-6, what lessons can we learn on partnership?
I. PARTNERSHIP INVOLVES GRATEFUL PRAYER (1:3-4)
Paul partnered with people (Timothy [half-Jew, half-Greek in Acts 16:1], Luke [Gentile doctor in Col. 4:14], & Silas [Jewish prophet in Acts 5:32]) in his ministry to the Philippians (Lydia the businesswoman in Acts 16:14 & her household in Acts 16:15; the jailer & his household in Acts 16:33-34). Paul was thankful for them & prayed for them with joy (Phil. 1:3-4). Paul was in prison (after being “stripped & beaten & flogged” [Acts 16::22b-23a] when he met the jailer, but he had joy (Acts 16:25). As a result, the jailer became a believer & had joy (Acts 16:34). Again, Paul is in prison, but he prayed with joy. Let’s thank & pray to God for people!
II. PARTNERSHIP INCLUDES GOSPEL PURPOSE (1:5)
Paul partnered with people for the gospel purpose. He used the word “gospel” 9x in the letter (1:5, 7, 12, 16, 27 [2x]; 2:22; 4:3, 15). The best partnership is for the cause of the gospel. Timothy served with Paul in the work of the gospel (2:22). The Philippian believers shared financially with Paul in his Macedonian ministry (4:15-16). Let’s partner in proclaiming & living the gospel wherever we are!
III. PARTNERSHIP IS INSPIRED BY GOD’S PROMISE (1:6)
Paul partnered with people on the basis of God’s promise, which Paul confidently claimed: “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (1:6b). What God begins in us is good. As a good God, He will see us through any hindrance or hurdle. God finishes what He begins. Let’s claim that promise daily!
03-Nov-19: Progress through Commitment by James D.
Title: Trust the Progress: God at Work
As we continue our Sermon Series on “Choosing to Serve with Joy”, let’s think about what Service/Ministry is all about. There are days when we feel drained and tired but we must focus on the privilege of partnering with God. Let us get excited knowing that God is working in us and through us. Let’s be faithful followers as we continue to serve with joy in our hearts.
I. Let’s Work Out our Salvation
God has given us the gift of eternal life and we must continue to be obedient and follow His commands. God wants our active participation to show His love to others. Keep in mind that the process of salvation isn’t a “one time” deal but a lifelong commitment.
II. God is Working in Us
The Act of Service shouldn’t be driven by our personal motivations. Instead, it needs to be fueled by God so we may continue to feel fulfilled in our ministries. We may face discouragements and setbacks but with God as our guide there is certainly a steady progress.
III. God is changing our Work
As we take part of a ministry, there must be a change in us. There needs to be growth and a sense of development every time we serve Him. Let’s keep on serving knowing that with God’s help we are maturing in faith.
10-Nov-19: Pattern of Concern by Dr. Narry
PATTERN OF CONCERN (Passion for People)
Today, we continue our Fall series, “Choosing to Serve with Joy: Powerful Ministry Principles from Philippians.” The 1st 3 principles are partnership until completion based on the promise of God (1:3-6), perspective on the call based on the providence of God (1:20-26), & progress through commitment based on the purpose of God. Based on 2:1-4, how do we see the 4th principle of pattern of concern based on passion for people?
I. RECALL THE HAND OF GOD’S BLESSINGS (2:1)
God offers “encouragement” (the blessing of God standing beside us to help), “comfort” (the blessing of God motivating us with His love), “fellowship” (the blessing of God partnering with us), “tenderness & compassion” (the blessing of God showing His affectionate sympathy). These blessings help us to be brotherly & sisterly, because God is fatherly.
II. RETAIN THE SPIRIT OF UNITY (2:2)
The emphases on “like,” “same,” & “one” (2:2) display the value of harmony. Since we can have God’s encouragement, we can be like-minded. Since we can have God’s comfort, we can love one another. Since we can have God’s fellowship, we can partner in being united. Since we can have God’s tenderness & compassion, we can have the same goal of being tender & compassionate.
III. REFLECT THE MIND OF HUMILITY (2:3)
Pride was a problem in Philippi, because that city was prime & strategic. It was like a mini-Rome, a colony that enjoyed full Roman citizenship (like exemption from taxes). It had rich reserves of gold & silver & boasted of many hills & fresh fountains. So, the Philippians thought they were better than others, in light of what they had. Paul reminded them to humbly consider others as more important than themselves, & not to be caught up in selfishness.
IV. REPRODUCE THE HEART OF CARE (2:4)
Our world must include the world of others. How do we look to the interests of others? We can watch out for their good points (& model after them) & be sensitive to their needs (& help meet those needs). To find a perfect model, look at Jesus’ example (2:5-11).
17-Nov-19: Pressing on with Conviction by Ptr. Marvin
24-Nov-19: Pursuing Christ by Dr. Narry Santos
Today, we continue with the 6th message in our Fall series. So far, we have seen 4 principles: (1) partnership based on God’s promise of God (1:3-6); (2) perspective based on God’s providence (1:20-26); (3) pattern of concern based on passion for people; (4) progress based on God’s purpose; & (5) pressing on based on perseverance with God’s plan. Using 3:7-11, how pursue Christ based on our pleasure in Him?
I. PUT CHRIST FIRST (3:7)
Despite his personal credentials (3:5-7), Paul counts these earthly assets as loss (3:7). He affirms that he switched confidence from that of his own to that of Christ. He uses the language of accounting (“profit” & “loss”) to understand what really matters in life. Let’s put Christ first.
II. KNOW CHRIST ALWAYS (3:8a, 10-11)
Paul recognizes the value of knowing Christ (which means having intimate communion with Jesus, enjoying, growing, enjoying a close relationship with Him, & being excited to keep seeing Him in life & relationships with others). It has to do with experience the “power of His resurrection & the fellowship of sharing in His suffering (3:10). Let’s know Christ always.
III. GAIN CHRIST MORE (3:8b-9)
Paul counts all his achievements as “rubbish” (which refers to the portions of food rejected or excreted by the body because they possess no nutritional value, & to the leavings or fragments remaining after a feast, which are removed from the table & thrown away to the dogs). HE does this to gain Christ more (which means to experience Him more in daily life). Let’s gain Christ more in our everyday experiences.
01-Dec-19: Pursuit toward Communion by James D.
SO CONTENT THAT I GIVE
2 Cor 9:7
08-Dec-19: Power due to Contentment by Dr. Narry
REST IN HIS PEACE
Today, we conclude our 8-part Fall sermon series, “Choosing to Serve with Joy: Powerful Ministry Principles from Philippians.” How can joy and rejoicing relate to worry? How can we experience peace instead of worry? Philippians 4:4-7 shows us how.
I. FIND PLEASURE IN GOD, NOT IN PRESSURE (4:4-5)
We give God pleasure when we obey His command to “rejoice in the Lord always” (3:1; 4:4 [2x], 10; cf. 1:18 [2x]; 2:17, 18). Whatever our pressure, we are to find joy (1:4, 25, 26; 2:2, 29; 4:1; cf. “glad” in 2:17, 18) in the Lord. Though Paul was in prison, he rejoiced. He even urged those outside of prison to rejoice. Let’s rejoice in the Lord, no matter what difficulties or fears we face.
II. FLOW WITH PRAYER TO GOD, NOT IN PANIC (4:6)
We do not panic with overwhelming worry when we obey the command to “present our requests to God” (4:6). Bringing our requests to God is important that we are instructed to do it “by prayer & petition with thanksgiving” (4:6). Paul modeled his prayerful life by actually praying for the Philippians (1:4 [2x], 9; cf. 1:19) “to the glory & praise of God” (1:11; cf. 3:3, 19, 21; 4:20). Let’s overflow with prayer, refusing to panic.
III. FILL UP WITH GOD’S PRESENCE, NOT WITH PROBLEMS (4:7)
The peace that we desire can only be found in the presence of God. As we find pleasure in Him and flow with prayer the result is “peace that transcends all understanding” (4:7). Let’s fill our hearts with God’s presence and drown out all the problems that we may have.