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!
This week we kick off our new sermon series in the book of Philippians. Planted in the middle of a strategic city, the believers at Philippi were challenged to live out their faith in a culture whose values and morals were quite contrary to the Kingdom of God. Yet, the Philippian church was an example of God's faithfulness to complete the good work He had started in them.
Jesus is alive and risen! We worship a risen King who has become the way for us to be reconciled to God. Through faith in Jesus the Christ, we are reconciled to God, adopted into the family of God and united with Him forever.