July 2012

The Power of Proper Thinking

It is a glorious and peaceful thing to be able to have the mind of Christ. In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul teaches us how to live such that God's presence is near and brings peace to our hearts. Proper thinking leads to godly living. If we can transform our minds by the Spirit, we will live renewed in the Spirit.

Joy and Peace

Paul teaches us that it is possible to have joy even in the midst of earthly trials and suffering. But this just isn't any joy, it is joy in the Lord. This morning we explore what it means to have peace and joy in the Lord.

Heading Home

What comes to your mind when you hear the word 'home'? The apostle Paul taught that our primary citizenship was not to any country on this earth but rather was to a place altogether different. In this passage we learn how to live with our hearts set on our true home where we have our ultimate citizenship.

The apostle Paul had a past that included persecuting the church, even approving of the murdering of Christians. Yet, through Christ he was forgiven and mightily used by God. In Philippians 3, Paul teaches us how to move beyond our past and strive forward toward the prize.

Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer. Faithful followers of Jesus demonstrate this most clearly when they embrace gospel suffering and continue to hope in and take joy in God.