Sermons on Philippians
It is part of human nature to trust and boast in our own ability to do good. But our perception of our own good is because we tend to compare ourselves to the wrong thing. Paul reminds the Philippian church that a person’s goodness and any earthly gain they’ve achieved are like rubbish compared to the infinite worth of knowing Jesus.
Why do we worry? These thoughts seem to be part of our lives that we learn to deal with and accept. Worry is the one thing that can be emotionally and physically crippling without having any positive change in our lives. Yet, within the Bible, we are told that we are not meant to worry about anything. Russ Matthews’ talk addresses this blindspot and will guide us to seeing how we can confront fear and doubt while striving to live…
At several points in the New Testament, Christians are told to be unified together in their churches. Yet what exactly does this unity look like? Paul tells us more about this Christian unity, both what it looks like and where it comes from. It is a different, difficult and divine unity that cannot be brought about by mere human effort or by avoiding conflict at all costs. Join us and find out what this unity is and how it works.
What do old and new expectations have in common? At the end of the year, we often look back and consider the expectations we had for the year and the realisation of how the year actually turned out. On Christmas morning, we consider the old expectations of the coming Messiah (Isaiah 9:6-7) and the realisation of Messiah after He came (Philippians 2:5-11). Join us as we discover what they have in common.
Before Jesus was born, the Angel told Mary that one of His names would be Emmanuel, which means “God with us”. But why was Jesus called this and what exactly does it mean? Where the people in Jesus’ day expecting a saviour and Messiah who was God Himself? Was this something new or something that had always been planned? Join us as we trace this theme of “God with us” through the Bible in order to better understand Jesus.
Following Jesus is lifelong pursuit, with many challenges along the way. We need to fix our eyes on the finish line and run the race with perseverance. We do this not as isolated individuals but together with the family of believers who spur us on and keep us on track.
What’s Paul’s goal? His goal is to know God, to gain Christ and be satisfied in him. Why does he press on? 1. Because of what Christ has achieved for him in the past (salvation); 2. Because of what Christ has achieved for him in the future (heaven and new body). How does he press on? 1. Don’t be like those who don’t know Christ and fixing in eye on Jesus.