Flip Over to Philippians
I love the book of Philippians! It represents the fruit of Paul’s obedience in Acts 16 when he didn’t go where he had a “good idea” but instead followed the “God idea.” The result of that missionary journey was a vibrant, alive church that funded outreach in city after city. Philippians has four chapters, and there are anywhere from 21 to 30 verses in each chapter. If you read the whole book out loud to yourself it takes about 12 minutes. Here are a few of the great verses to meditate on. Reading these kinds of things puts us back in touch with how amazing the redemptive power of Jesus really is.
Don’t Worry. Trust God.
Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7
Dealing With Life.
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13
A Heart of Thankfulness.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14
Eight Things to Think On.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
God the Supplier.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
I can’t think of any better response to this Gospel than to get evangelistic with it. God is looking for Philippian-type churches that will shape culture. We don’t need a comfort zone of religiosity. Instead let’s reach this generation and let everything we do translate into souls—more people in heaven!
God bless you.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
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