03. Joy Has A Name // 9 Riches In Christ - Stephen Dawson // Philippians 4:10-20
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 formality of a thank you note. Paul is grateful for the things that he was given, but more than this he feels joy for the characteristic of generosity that God has birthed in the hearts of the people. We can learn from this passage when it comes to our own giving.
When we give to the church, we are rejoiced over by our own city and by other cities that we have been able to reach out to through church plants and donations. People thank God for the work of the church and the difference that we can make in our communities. Above all though, we are rejoiced over by Jesus. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Giving to the poor is a fragrant offering to God and it pleases Him. In the book of Amos we see that God hates the worship of the Israelites, though they give Him offerings and partake in religious festivals, because they do not care for the poor. He even says it is a ‘stench’ to Him. A real relationship with God transforms a person’s view of others. The way that we treat people is not disconnected from our relationship with God and so it is an important part of our worship.
So how do we give? We give cheerfully because it is a privilege to be able to play a part in supporting others and growing God's kingdom. We give continuously without becoming weary because we trust that God is good and His mercies are new every morning. We give when opportunities arise; when we see someone in need. A great opportunity is to give into the gift day to support the vulnerable in our city.
God is omnipotent, He controls everything and everything belongs to Him. He doesn’t need our help but He loves to involve us so that we can share in the joy of being a blessing. Acts 20:35 says ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ A study at Harvard university in 2014 showed this to be true, that people experience more joy when they are generous.
In this season many people already feel like they are lacking and so it can be difficult to give. Paul knew lack, yet he also knew the secret to contentment. He says, ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Christ is with us in every situation, giving us all that we need and when we lean on Him, we can trust that He will bring us through. Like Paul, Jesus also knows what it is like to go from abundance and wealth to having nothing. He came down to earth and was born as a helpless baby so that He can now empathise with our struggles and give us the comfort that we need. We find comfort in Him.
Give to the poor and take care of those less fortunate than yourself as an act of worship to God, even if this means making sacrifices.
Give cheerfully, acknowledging the privilege of getting to be involved in God’s work and blessing others.
Find comfort in the love of Christ, not the love of money. Money and possessions will never satisfy you or bring you joy like Jesus will.
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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