Partnership in the Gospel

God has designed us to be together & He’s created us for community—but indifference, isolation and competition has seduced us into think we need to look out for number one. Paul/Timothy challenge that mindset and invites all the saints in Jesus…and all the saints at Foothills to not stand alone but stand with one another as we stand in Jesus.

Scripture: Philippians 4:10-23

Stand Firm In This Way

The Bible is very practical. Its not some heavy or academic book where only the brightest can discern it’s meaning. It’s intensely practical. In Philippians 4:1-9 we don’t have doctrinal statements but attitudes and behaviors that should characterize the Christian life so that men and women will stand firm in the Lord.

Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9

 

Run That Race!

The Apostle Paul was resting in Jesus’ work not his own, which means he’s the recipient of the forgiveness of sin and right standing with God. This compelled Paul to run the race of the Christian life with steadfastness and passion; God had done a good work in Paul’s life (1:6) and Paul was moved to pursue Jesus all the more.

What does your Christian life look like? Are there areas where you’re running, jogging or walking towards Jesus? God wants us to pursue Jesus like a runner runs in a race pursuing a prize.

Scripture: Philippians 3:12-4:1

 

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Our confidence, trust and hope should be in the person of Jesus not what we bring to the table (i.e. our spiritual resumes). The Apostle Paul had an impressive resume but eventually came to a point where he realized he needed to trust and rest solely in Jesus not in his performance.

What are you trusting in? What are you resting in? Where is your hope?

Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11

 

A Glimpse of Faithfulness

In Philippians 2:19-30 we read about two men, Timothy and Epaphroditus. What can we learn from these men? We learn how to push back against our fears and self-preservation and instead open our heart to the cares and concerns for others. We learn how to have a quiet courage that isn’t primarily concerned about our own comforts and conveniences but takes risks to our health and safety because we love and follow Jesus and we’re concerned for the work He wants us to do as His servants.

These were men who embraced the Faithful One (Jesus) and through God’s enabling work of grace continued to walk in faithfulness. In Timothy and Epaphroditus we get a glimpse of faithfulness. What does your life look like?

Scripture: Philippians 2:19-30

Stand Out Christians

As followers of Jesus we ought to stand out and shine bright in this generation because of who we are and how we speak. Here are a few questions we should ask ourselves.

Who are we meant to be?
A: We’re the children of God on mission as lights in a dark world. We’re meant to make the invisible God clear to our family, friends and neighbors.

What gets in the way?
A: Grumbling and disputing. Jesus said my words start in my heart. When you grumble you’re saying, “I deserve better.” When you’re questioning you’re saying, “I know better.” Grumbling and questioning reveal a self-centered, restless, anxious, agitated, dissatisfied heart that will eventually infect your words and obscure the light and glory of the Gospel in your life.

How do we stand out and shine bright?
A: Only when you entrust yourself to Jesus will you live and speak in a way that stands out from the crowd and clearly lights the way to Christ for them with the Gospel.

3 More Questions:

  1. Are you born again?
  2. Would the people closest to you say you rarely complain, or do your words betray a heart who’s posture is “I deserve better,” “I know better”? Will you repent and entrust yourself to Jesus fully?
  3. Is there a person in your circle of influence who has asked about or commented on how “positive” you are, how you don’t seem to respond negatively as others? If so, have you clearly pointed them to how Jesus in you has made that difference in your life?

Unity Through Humility

Humility, as demonstrated by Jesus, is the choice to forgo status and withhold power for the good of others. The path to unity for any church or relationship is through humility.

If Jesus can _________, then I can _______.

  • If Jesus can forgive the men who humiliated him in front of his mom and friends, then I can forgive those who have offended me.
  • If Jesus can give his whole life to the Father’s mission on earth, then I can die to selfish ambition and dreams of temporary riches and security and pursue the spread of the gospel to all the nations.

In the incarnation, Jesus didn’t stop halfway in pursuing humility, and neither should we.

Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11

What Does Your Citizenship Look Like?

What do Christians living in 1st century Philippi and Christians living in the 21st century have in common? Both belong to increasingly marginalized minorities in countries where the culture espouses beliefs and values that contradict a Christian’s deepest commitment. How should we respond? Paul explains how in Philippians 1:27-30.

Scripture: Philippians 1:27-30

Guarding and Passing on the Gospel

We’re called to know the message of the gospel, keep to this message, share this message and invest this message in others. Very simply: we’re called to be faithful to what God has said in His Word. The measure of whether we’re being faithful to defend and pass on the gospel message is in investing the truths of God in other people.

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:13-2:2

The Purpose of Paul’s Life (and yours too!)

What’s your center, your north star, the principle or truth that helps you navigate your life and lets you know when you’re off center? In this passage, we read one of the better known statements by Paul where he says, “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

What does that mean? Is it some sort of morbid desire to die prematurely (die is gain) OR some statement from a person who’s so “heavenly minded he’s no earthly good?”

The message of the Bible, specifically Jesus, is the medicine your soul needs in the face of the sweetness and goodness of life but it’s also the medicine your soul needs given the bitter pill that life offers. Paul reminds us that our hearts will experience unrest if they’re rooted in anything or anyone other than Him. Cast your affections, ambitions, desires upon Him.

Scripture: Philippians 1: 18-26