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.
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.
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.
The local church exists to display the glory of God to the nations. One of the ways we do this, is by communicating the good news of the gospel, taking the message of what Christ has done and bringing it to the lost and unreached peoples of the world.
Today is a very important day in the history and life of Journey Church. Today we affirm the appointment of new Journey elders. We desire to bring our biblical governance structure into harmony with the Bible. So this morning we examine the role, qualifications and necessity of biblical eldership.
One of the most painful things in life is a longing, a holy desire, left unfulfilled. It tests our faith like no other. It brings grief and confusion. How do we go on when the Lord sovereignly chooses to direct our lives down a path we do not desire? Can we trust the Lord in our sufferings? Can we have confidence in the Lord 'though he slay' us? (Job 13:15)
In Philippians chapter two, Paul continues his call for unity in the church. And he describes what this unity looks like, a Christ-like humility that counts others worthy of service and a genuine concern for the interests of others.
Paul’s charge to the Philippian church is to stand firm amidst difficult trials and be united together as a body, with one mind. As the church remains steadfast, two spiritual fruits emerge: assurance of salvation for believers and conviction of the coming judgment for the world.
In Philippians 1, the Apostle Paul assures the Philippian church that his imprisonment is advancing the gospel. The Lord uses his marvelous providence to work through suffering and difficult circumstances so as to advance the gospel and strengthen our faith. Resulting in our ability to rejoice in Him!