Jun 30, 2019
“Learning to be Content”
   This is the final message in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi. One of the last things Paul writes to his Christian friends is how to have true contentment in this life.    If you are to believe the television commercials, you would think that contentment can be found in the material things of this life. But it cannot.    In chapter 4:11-13 Paul reminds us that true contentment in this life does not depend on what, or how much, stuff we own. It also doesn’t depend on our circumstances; whether things are going well or not. In addition, contentment is foreign to our human nature. It doesn’t come naturally but must be learned. We will look at four things Paul teaches that we need to learn in order to be content, satisfied, and fulfilled in this life.
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  • Jun 30, 2019“Learning to be Content”
    Jun 30, 2019
    “Learning to be Content”
       This is the final message in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi. One of the last things Paul writes to his Christian friends is how to have true contentment in this life.    If you are to believe the television commercials, you would think that contentment can be found in the material things of this life. But it cannot.    In chapter 4:11-13 Paul reminds us that true contentment in this life does not depend on what, or how much, stuff we own. It also doesn’t depend on our circumstances; whether things are going well or not. In addition, contentment is foreign to our human nature. It doesn’t come naturally but must be learned. We will look at four things Paul teaches that we need to learn in order to be content, satisfied, and fulfilled in this life.
  • Jun 23, 2019“A Recipe for Reducing Stress”
    Jun 23, 2019
    “A Recipe for Reducing Stress”
       One of the themes in Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi is joy. Today many people seem to endure life rather than enjoy it. Their lives are filled with stress, anxiety, tension and turmoil that they allow to rob them of their joy.    This morning in our series on Philippians, we are looking at chapter 4:4-9 in a message entitled A Recipe for Reducing Stress. Paul tells us not to be anxious about anything. But it is more than a simplistic “Don’t worry! Be happy!”    He mentions some things that, if followers of Christ were to put in practice, would increase our faith and trust in God and reduce our stress and worry. It is possible for us to have the peace of God even in the midst of the storm we are going through.
  • May 26, 2019“Paul’s Keys to Success”
    May 26, 2019
    “Paul’s Keys to Success”
       This morning we are returning to our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi. A successful person is in the world’s eyes is vastly different than what a successful person is in God’s eyes.    In our society, the success of a person is measured in economic terms. A successful person makes a lot of money. But in God’s kingdom, success is measured differently.    Are we loving and serving God and others? Are we growing in our relationship with God and helping others to grow?    In Philippians 3 Paul shares four keys that are important in having a successful personal relationship with God, a successful marriage, a successful church, or be a success in one’s job.
  • Apr 28, 2019“Values of a Role Model”
    Apr 28, 2019
    “Values of a Role Model”
       Our message series continues to loosely parallel our small group study on Philippians by Max Lucado. In lesson 7 he looks at Timothy and Epaphroditus as examples of role models in the early church.    Some athletes today refuse to see themselves as role models and yet the reality is that they are a role model whether they want to be or not. They will influence others either positive or negative ways. Every human being is a role model. We all influence others. And we all have a choice as to what kind of influence that will be.    This morning we will look at the character traits seen in the lives of Timothy and Epaphroditus that enabled them to be positive role models in the lives of others.
  • Apr 7, 2019“Overcoming Complaining”
    Apr 7, 2019
    “Overcoming Complaining”
       Last week in our series on Philippians, we saw that Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant. He gave up His right, as God, to be served and humbled Himself becoming a servant. God calls His people to lovingly serve Him and others as well.    Paul next addresses the topic of complaining that must have been happening in the church at Philippi. We all have the human nature tendency to complain from time to time. But we have to be careful that we don’t develop the habit of complaining.    Four common types of complainers will be mentioned with a biblical example of each. Then we will address some things we can do to overcome the habit of complaining.
  • Mar 31, 2019“Steps to Serving Like Jesus”
    Mar 31, 2019
    “Steps to Serving Like Jesus”
       Last week in our series on Philippians, we saw that Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant. He gave up His right, as God, to be served and humbled Himself becoming a servant. God calls His people to lovingly serve Him and others as well.    Paul next addresses the topic of complaining that must have been happening in the church at Philippi. We all have the human nature tendency to complain from time to time. But we have to be careful that we don’t develop the habit of complaining.    Four common types of complainers will be mentioned with a biblical example of each. Then we will address some things we can do to overcome the habit of complaining.
  • Mar 24, 2019“United in Christ”
    Mar 24, 2019
    “United in Christ”
       Last week in our study of Philippians, we saw that Paul addressed how we are to relate to those who are outside the church. He challenges followers of Christ to be aware of the issues and struggles in the lives of individuals, as well as in our town, state, and nation, and to be involved in striving to have a positive influence.
       Today in chapter 2:1-7, we will see what Paul says about the motivation for, and the means of, unity within a local church. What is the mindset, the attitude, which we are to have towards one another in the church that, when disagreements arise, will lead to a unity of Spirit where we can be at peace with one another?
  • Mar 17, 2019“Fulfilling our Mission Together”
    Mar 17, 2019
    “Fulfilling our Mission Together”
       This morning in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi, we are looking at Philippians 1:27-30. Some Jewish Christians were insisting that the Gentile Christians also follow the Old Testament laws and practices in order to be fully Christian.    Paul encourages the Gentiles to stand firm in their trust in the grace of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection alone and not allow themselves to be swayed by the beliefs of others.    He also shares how Christians are to relate to those from outside the church who are opposed to our mission or who are opposed to us because of our beliefs and stands on the morals issues of today.    If we are striving to have a spiritual impact on the lives of individuals and our culture, we should expect that it isn’t always going to be received well. How should we handle that push back?
  • Mar 3, 2019“Christian Death Benefits”
    Mar 3, 2019
    “Christian Death Benefits”
       Last week in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi, we saw what he meant by the phrase “For to me, to live is Christ” in ch. 1:21. Today we’re looking at the second part of that verse “and to die is gain.”    We will address two things this does not mean as well as some false views about what happens to a person’s soul and spirit when we die. And we will see how death is indeed a gain and better by far for the follower of Christ.    We will be set free from all the limitations of this life and be in God’s intimate, loving presence for all eternity.
  • Feb 24, 2019“A Life of Purpose”
    Feb 24, 2019
    “A Life of Purpose”
       Two weeks ago in our series on Philippians we looked at a few lessons we can learn from how Paul dealt with his adversity. Not everything that happens to us is from God but God can bring some good out of everything that happens to us. One of those is that God will use our struggles to grow us in our relationship with Him and make us more like Him; more patient, more compassionate towards others, if we allow Him.    Today we’re looking at a few things that will enable us to live a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment. One of those is that we need God’s presence and power to be working within us and through us. The second is that we need to live for a purpose beyond ourselves.    That purpose is “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We will look at what Paul means by this statement.
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