The Secret of Contentment: Part 2 (Philippians 4:10-23)

In these verses, Paul names three wonderful spiritual resources that make us adequate and give us contentment. In Part 1, we saw the first resource: the overruling providence of God. Today, we will look at the next two spiritual resources. The Unfailing Power of God (Phil. 4:11–13) Not that I speak from want, for I […]

The Secret of Contentment: Part 1 (Philippians 4:10-23)

“The trouble with him is he’s a thermometer and not a thermostat!” This statement by one of his deacons aroused the pastor’s curiosity. They were discussing possible board members and Jim’s name had come up. “Pastor, it’s like this,” the deacon explained. “A thermometer doesn’t change anything around it—it just registers the temperature. It’s always […]

You Don’t Have to Worry: Part 2 (Philippians 4:1-9)

Paul had a good excuse to worry—but he did not! If we are to conquer worry and experience the secure mind, we must meet the conditions God has laid down. In Part 1, we saw the first condition: right praying. Today, we will look at the next two conditions. Right Thinking (4:8) Finally, brethren, whatever […]

You Don’t Have to Worry: Part 1 (Philippians 4:1–9)

If anybody had an excuse for worrying, it was the Apostle Paul. His beloved Christian friends at Philippi were disagreeing with one another and he was not there to help them. We have no idea what Euodia and Syntyche were disputing about, but whatever it was, it was bringing division into the church. Along with […]

Living in the Future Tense (Philippians 3:17–21)

Having set forth his life ambition to be more Christ-like, Paul does not hesitate to tell the Philippians to follow his example. He wants them to imitate him. Surely, he does not mean they should imitate every single area of his life, for he had just stated he is not sinlessly perfect. But in the […]

Let’s Win the Race: Part 2 (Philippians 3:12-16)

All of us want to be “winning Christians” and fulfill the purposes for which we have been saved. In this passage, we find there are five essentials for winning the race and one day receiving the reward that is promised. In Part 1, we saw the first two essentials. Now, we will look at the […]

Let’s Win the Race: Part 1 (Philippians 3:12-16)

Most people read biographies to satisfy their curiosity about great people, hoping they will discover the “secret” that made them great. In Philippians 3, Paul is giving us his spiritual biography: his past (vv. 1–11), his present (vv. 12–16), and his future (vv. 17–21). We have already met Paul “the accountant” who discovered new values […]

Learning How to Count: Part 2 (Philippians 3:1-11)

In Part 1, we saw the “things” Paul was living for before he knew Christ neither satisfied him nor gave him acceptance with God. He had to lose his “religion” to find salvation. He explains in this section there are only two kinds of righteousness—works righteousness and faith righteousness—and only faith righteousness is acceptable to God. […]

Learning How to Count: Part 1 (Philippians 3:1-11)

Circumstances and people can rob us of joy, but so can things; and it is this “thief” that Paul deals with in Philippians 3. It is easy for us to get wrapped up in “things,” not only the tangible things we can see, but also the intangibles; such as, reputation, fame, and achievement. Jesus warns […]

Helpers in the Ministry (Philippians 2:19–30)

As we continue our study in Philippians, Paul is still discussing the submissive mind. He gives us a description of the submissive mind in the example of Jesus Christ (The Great Example, Phil. 2:1–11). He explains the dynamics of the submissive mind in his own experience (The Ins and Outs of Christian Living, Phil. 2:12–18). Now, […]

The Ins and Outs of Christian Living (Philippians 2:12–18)

“Few things are harder to put up with,” wrote Mark Twain, “than the annoyance of a good example.” Perhaps the thing most annoying about a good example is its inability to accomplish the same achievements in our own lives. Admiration for a great person can inspire us, but it cannot enable us. Unless the person […]

The Great Example: Part 2 (Philippians 2:1–11)

Jesus illustrates the four characteristics of the person with the submissive mind. In Part 1, we saw the first two traits. Now, we will look at the last two virtues of the person with the submissive mind. He Sacrifices (2:8) Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the […]

The Great Example: Part 1 (Philippians 2:1–11)

People can rob us of our joy. Paul was facing his problems with people at Rome (Phil. 1:15–18) as well as with people in Philippi, and it was the latter who concerned him the most. When Epaphroditus brought a generous gift from the church in Philippi and good news of the church’s concern for Paul, […]

Battle Stations! (Philippians 1:27–30)

The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. We are children in the family, enjoying the fellowship of the Gospel (Phil. 1:1–11), and we are servants sharing in the advance of the Gospel (Phil. 1:12–26); but we are also soldiers defending the faith of the Gospel. The believer with the single mind […]

The Advance of the Gospel: Part 2 (Philippians 1:12–26)

God sometimes uses strange tools to help us pioneer the Gospel. In Paul’s case, there were three tools that helped him take the Gospel to the elite guards, Caesar’s special troops. In Part 1, we looked at the first tool: Paul’s chains. Now, we will consider the next two tools. Paul’s Critics (1:15–19) It is […]

The Advance of the Gospel: Part 1 (Philippians 1:12–26)

Paul wanted to go to Rome as a preacher, but instead he went as a prisoner! He could have written a long letter about that experience alone. Instead, he sums it all up as “the things which happened to me” (1:12). The record of these things is given in Acts 21:17–28:31 and it begins with […]

True Christian Fellowship: Part 2 (Philippians 1:1–11)

Paul describes true Christian fellowship in three ways. In Part 1, we looked at the first way: “I have you in my mind.” Today, we will consider the next two ways. I have you in my heart (vv. 7–8). We move a bit deeper, for it is possible to have others in our minds without […]

True Christian Fellowship: Part 1 (Philippians 1:1–11)

“How about coming over to the house for some fellowship?” “What a golf game! Man, did we have great fellowship!” “The fellowship at the retreat was just terrific!” That word “fellowship” seems to mean many things to many different people. Like a worn coin, it’s losing its true impression, so we had better take some […]