06. Joy Has A Name // 6 The Fear Of Christ - Tobi Ford-Western // Philippians 2:12-18
Paul tells the Philippians in this passage that they need to ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’. On the surface, this can seem frightening and can be misunderstood to mean that we must work hard and do good things in order to earn our salvation. However, far from wanting to control you and make you afraid, Paul is looking for the people to be released from fear and filled with joy.
Salvation is conceptually the same as adoption. Adoption isn’t just about the part at the beginning when the papers are signed and the child is welcomed into the family. It’s about the ongoing security, acceptance and love that is received and continual learning of what it means to be a part of a new family. Similarly, salvation is not just about the initial moment of giving your life to Jesus, it’s the whole reality that we now live in, and we have to work out what that means for us.
Paul’s concern is not that we might lose our salvation but that we might miss out on the fullness of all that our salvation means. This could be through doubting that you are truly saved or, by becoming passive because you know you are safe. Therefore, we must work out our salvation so that we can take hold of everything that is ours. To do this requires taking actions. This might be through conversations or tough decisions or cutting things off or accountability. As we do this, our desires become more like God’s desires.
In Exodus, we see the story of how God freed his people from slavery in Egypt, but the people still grumbled and complained and because of this, their generation did not live to see the promised land. They serve as an example of people who did not work out their salvation: they were still freed but they did not get to see the promised land, they missed out. What is underlined here is not the deliverance but the inheritance.
So how do we work out our salvation? With fear and trembling.
Paul is not talking about the fear that is experienced when you are in danger. He is talking about the kind of fear that the disciples experienced when Jesus commanded the storm to stop and it obeyed Him. They were left in awe of the immense power that had just saved them from peril. When we understand the mercy that God has on us, it’s frightening.
1. Work out what you practically need to do in order to work out your salvation . We live out the gospel through obedience and so, sometimes we have to make changes in our lives in order to live in line with what God wants. When this is difficult we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us.
2. Live in the consciousness of what Jesus has done and who He is. When we see this we live in awe and fear of Him.
3. Don’t grumble but lament. Grumbling is an act of contempt when we doubt God’s goodness and it brings us away from Him. Lamenting is an act of faith when we trust God’s goodness and it brings us closer to Him.
17.Joy Has A Name // 11 Rejoicing in Christ - Joel Virgo // Philippians 4:2-9, 21-23Recap
We see in this passage, Paul is openly emotional. Often emotions can feel like the enemy and so we try to detach ourselves from them, but the bible does not do this. Emotions can be...
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16.Joy Has A Name // 10 Christ The Goal - Tobi Ford-Western // Philippians 3:12-4:1Recap
As a city we pride ourselves in our originality and ability to be ‘different’. We tend to value elevation and improvement over imitation of others who have gone before us. However,...
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15.Joy Has A Name // 9 Riches In Christ - Stephen Dawson // Philippians 4:10-20Recap
This Sunday we skipped forward to the end of Phillipians where Paul thanks the church for their gifts and for sending him Epaphroditus. This is more meaningful and heartfelt than the...
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14.Joy Has A Name // 8 The Surpassing Worth Of Christ - Matt Carvel // Philippians 3:1-11Recap
Paul’s life’s work was to go around sharing the good news of Jesus: the forgiveness of sins and the love of God. He would proclaim the gospel everywhere he went and people would become...
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13.Joy Has A Name // 7 Workers For Christ - Joel Virgo // Philippians 2:19-30Recap
Previously in this letter, Paul has been explaining to the Philippians the way that God has revealed Himself through His son Jesus. In this passage however, there seems to be a change in...
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12.Joy Has A Name // 6 The Fear Of Christ - Tobi Ford-Western // Philippians 2:12-18Recap
Paul tells the Philippians in this passage that they need to ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’. On the surface, this can seem frightening and can be misunderstood to...
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11.Joy Has A Name // 6 The Fear Of Christ // ApplicationDiscussion on the sermon:
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10.Joy Has A Name // 5 The Humility and Glory Of Christ // ApplicationDiscussion on the sermon:
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09.Joy Has A Name // 5 The Humility and Glory Of Christ - Matt Carvel // Philippians 2:5-11Recap
A common question that people ask about Christianity is, why, if God is real, does He not make His existence more obvious to us. We ask this question because we want things to be simple...
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08.Joy Has A Name // 4 A Christ-shaped Mind // ApplicationDiscussion on the sermon:
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07.Joy Has A Name // 4 A Christ-shaped Mind - Matt Carvel // Philippians 2:1-4The humility of Christ (which is about to be unpacked in the following passage) is a demonstration of the other-person focus of the Gospel. Love is selfless, not selfish.
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06.Joy Has A Name // 3 A Christ-Shaped Walk // ApplicationDiscussion on the sermon:
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05.Joy Has A Name // 3 A Christ-shaped Walk - Matt Carvel // Philippians 1:1-27-30‘Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel’ can be a confusing command. Isn’t the point of the Gospel that we’re not worthy of it?
Paul’s command then (like all other NT commands)...
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04.Joy Has A Name // 2 A Christ-shaped Life // Application
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03.Joy Has A Name // 2 A Christ-shaped Life - Neville Jones // Philippians 1:1-12-26The sovereignty of God and the supremacy of Christ.
Again, Paul demonstrates a provocatively joyful attitude. In the face of his unjust imprisonment and even ‘gospel advocates’ trying...
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02.Joy Has A Name // 1 Joy in Christ - Joel Virgo // Philippians 1:1-11Joel looks at the union and unity that Christ brings us into.
Paul is overjoyed at the thought of the Philippians. These ‘partners’ are not just loosely associated with Paul but fellow...
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01.Joy Has A Name // Introduction to the seriesThis autumn we will be preaching through the New Testament letter of Philippians. We’ve called the series, ‘Joy Has a Name’ because the letter is all about how Jesus is every Christian’s source of...
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