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Philippians Review

Philippians  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  46:33
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Reality

Life- Existence, meaning, resource for life exists outside of yourself
Death- Creating your own view of living and living by your own resources.
Philippians 1:9–11 NKJV
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
There is lack on the part of those in Christ. They don’t have complete knowledge and therefor they do not have mature love. They can’t discern what is best.
Fruitfulness of right living must come through Christ. Meaning is something much greater than yourself- the glory and praise of God.

Posture- Depending on Limitless Resources

Toward God-posture of submission to One who eagerly works for you to share in His life

Philippians 1:6 NKJV
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Philippians 1:8 NKJV
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:10 NKJV
that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
Philippians 1:13 NKJV
so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
Philippians 1:20–23 NKJV
according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Philippians 2:9–11 NKJV
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Toward Others- posture of partnership carried out by putting others interests before your own

Philippians 1:27 NKJV
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
Philippians 2:4 NKJV
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Toward Yourself- posture of gratitude and no confidence in the flesh.

Philippians 3:3 NKJV
For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

Process for Flourishing

Careful on the food for thinking

Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Alert in your thinking process

Philippians 2:1–6 NKJV
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
Philippians 3:7–8 NKJV
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Philippians 3:15 NKJV
Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

Guarded against temporary flourishing

Philippians 3:19–20 NKJV
whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Flourishing in Reality

Experiencing and learning the abundant gifts of peace, contentment, strength, love, joy, and exaltation

Philippians 4:7 NKJV
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:12–13 NKJV
I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 1:9 NKJV
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
Philippians 1:25 NKJV
And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,

Genuine and sacrificial concern for others

Philippians 1:17–20 ESV
The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
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