05. Joy Has A Name // 7 Workers For Christ - Joel Virgo // Philippians 2:19-30
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 the tone of what he is communicating, talking about two men, Timothy and Epaphroditus, who he is going to send to them.
Here Paul is wanting to encourage the Philippians to look at mature Christians who display Christ-likeness in order to learn from them. One way that God displays himself to the world is through the actions of the people who follow Him. As Paul has already explained, when we see Jesus we are changed and this change in our thoughts and words and behaviour demonstrates Jesus to other people. Paul wants to send Timothy and Epaphroditus to the church in Philippi so that they can be blessed and see more of Jesus through them.
When he talks about Timothy, Paul says that he has a genuine concern for the welfare of the Philippians. He is not self centred but cares and looks out for others. This is something that God does in us, He changes not just our behaviour but our hearts to prefer others, rather than being so focused on our own wants and needs.
The way that God works in our hearts to grow and mature us often involves pain and suffering. It is not often that progress comes from a context of comfort. Paul describes Timothy and Epaphroditus as a slave and a soldier, implying that they have experienced pain. Similarly, in Hebrews 5:8 we see that Jesus also learned obedience through suffering. Therefore, when we walk through difficult seasons we need to trust God that he is in control and He is working in us to grow and mature us.
God also helps us to grow by placing people in our lives who can be examples to us. In our culture in Brighton we want to be original rather than conforming to what others are doing.
But, proverbs 8:27-30 says,
‘When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always’.
We see here that the Son reflects the Father. The Son only does what he sees the Father do. Therefore, if we are made in the image of God, we will all conform to something. In this passage we can be encouraged to surround ourselves with people who will point us to Jesus and help us to be more like Him as we do the things that they do. Like when the Philippians get to know Timothy, they get to know Paul and then they get to know Christ.
Don’t just change your behaviour to try and be like Jesus but allow God to change your heart.
In times of suffering, trust God that He is working and growing you.
Surround yourself with people who you demonstrate who Jesus is and who you can emulate to be more like 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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