Philippians 2:12-18 – An Appeal for Obedience

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Oct. 20th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube. You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer Lists and other resources at our Church Website.

Philippians 2:12-18

[12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

[14] Do all things without grumbling or disputing, [15] that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, [16] holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. [17] Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. [18] Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. (ESV)


INTRO

  • Paul’s appeals to the church. 1:27-2:18
  • An appeal for unity, humility, and now obedience
  • THEREFORE in v. 12… points to the previous section. Have the mind of Christ (He is our example)
  • Obedience is the privilege we have as CHILDREN OF GOD
  • Obedience to the things of God is not an option
  • Obedience = Love.

The Priority of Obedience – v. 12a

Beloved, to the believers within the church.

  • Whether Paul was with them or not.  His desire was for them to HEAR, BELIEVE, and OBEY (DO) what God is asking of them
  • Obey the Word of the Lord

The Basis of Obedience – vv. 12-13

Work out your salvation

  • Cultivating that which we possess
  • Growing in our salvation. Our Sanctification.
    • Regeneration/Justification is the beginning
    • Sanctification continues
    • MOVING TOWARD MATURITY (not glorying in our past)

For it is God who works in us

  • God produces both the desire and the effect
    • His Will and His Work
  • God would never command of us something we could not do.
    • The Spirit of God
    • Word of God
    • People of God

For His good pleasure

  • His glory and our benefit

The Practice of Obedience – v.14

Do all things without complaining and disputing (ALL THINGS)

  • How we respond as we live our life (our reaction to circumstances)
  • How we respond to God
  • How we respond to others
    • THEY ARE CLOSELY KNIT TOGETHER
  • When things are good and when things are bad
  • Our actions and words are a direct response to our understanding of who God is and who we are in relationship to who God is.
  • Our grumbling goes against His sovereignty!
    • He is either God or not.

The Fruit of Obedience – vv. 15-18

Standing blameless and innocent before God

  • Not perfect, but blameless.  NO GUILT
  • Without blemish

Shining like lights in a dark world

  • Used to make things evident
  • Used to guide
  • WE SHOULD LIVE DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE ARE DIFFERENT

Holding fast the Word of life

  • Contrary to the crooked generation
  • An obedient/growing Christian is one that holds forth the Word of life.

Rejoicing in the life that we live

  • As servants and as missionaries
  • Our life impacting others for the KINGDOM

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – “To the church of God that is in Corinth”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Oct 17th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Introduction material from previous post – Introduction and background of I Cor.

INTRO:

  • We often quickly read through the introduction of the Epistles.
  • Yet, they are full of truth that will encourage, convict, and strengthen.
  • We are the Church! God’s people in His Church.
  • We should leave here this morning with deeper love for the Lord and what it means to called, saved, and placed into His Church.

The Greeting – vv. 1-3

The Letter is from God

Paul

  • An apostle – God’s authoritative messenger

To His Church

God’s church

  • Belongs to God
  • He will build it
  • Christ is the head

To a particular people

  • In Corinth
  • Individual people part of the body

Sanctified in Christ Jesus

  • Set apart. Special. Unique
  • All the self-esteem we need… understanding who we are in Christ.

Called to be saints together

  • Locally and Universally
  • With everyone.  All who have trusted in the finished work of Christ

The Thanksgiving – vv 4-9

Paul was thankful because:

They were saved

  • Paul was thankful for them and their salvation.
    • THANKFUL FOR THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL. Rom. 1:16
  • Because of the grace of God given to IN CHRIST JESUS. Eph. 2:8-10
  • He was thankful they were part of THE CHURCH

They were enriched – to be caused to become wealthy in resources

  • In all utterance and knowledge
    • In what can be said and know
    • KNOWLEDGE. The Word and the Spirit does the teaching… we do the digging!
    • BE ARE LEARNER! We should be Moving toward Maturity!
    • What we KNOW impacts how we LIVE

They were confirmed – Proven to be true.

  • In giftedness – You are not lacking in any in gift
    • In how we serve
    • Our service and ministry unto the Lord and His Church
  • In hope
    • As we wait and long for the Lord
    • Eager and busy for His return and our eternal home.
  • In position and progress
    • Sustained – settled security.
    • Guiltless, blameless (not perfect but redeemed by the blood of the Lamb) Romans 8:1,33 – NO condemnation
    • Justification… not guilty.
    • Yet, we do not need to forget about our sanctification.  The daily growing and changing into the likeness of Christ.

They were called

  • Into the fellowship of His Son. Koinonia – Spiritual oneness
  • Into the blessings of redemption
  • Our calling is not based on us, but rather Paul’s thankfulness was rooted in GOD’S FAITHFULNESS.

CONCLUSION:

Just consider the text today…Consider the joys that we possess as the Church in Christ.

Do you truly know Him?

Do you realize what it means to be saved, enriched, confirmed, and called into fellowship with Christ Jesus?

Know Him today.  Live for Him today.

Digging Deeper – An Introduction to 1 Corinthians

This Sunday I will begin preaching through the book of 1 Corinthians. I have provided a few tidbits and articles that will give you a clearer understanding of the book as we begin this Sunday.

  • Paul wrote the letter from Ephesus around A.D. 55 as he was finishing up his 3rd missionary journey.
  • Paul wrote 4 letters to the church in Corinth. 1 Cor. is the 2nd of those letters. In God’s providence 2 of the 4 letters are canonized as Scripture.
  • Paul first ministered in Corinth on his 2nd missionary journey in A.D. 50. This is when he met Aquila and Priscilla. (Acts 18)
  • Corinth was a large and prominent city in Southern Greece.
  • Paul addresses several “issues” that have been brought to his attention. His desire is for the church to be unified for the sake of the Gospel.

My heart over the next weeks is for Tabernacle to continue to love the Word as we allow the Spirit to encourage and convict us as we walk verse by verse through this book.

Join with me in praying each week that we will listen to and learn from the Word each message. Pray that we will examine our own heart as we strive to be the Church God is calling us to be.


Take the time to read over the articles below and DIG a little DEEPER into God’s Word.

The Gospel Coalition – An Introduction of 1 Corinthians – https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/course/1-corinthians/#overview
Bible.org – An overview of 1 Corinthians – https://bible.org/seriespage/introduction-1-corinthians

Philippians 2:5-11 – Christ our example

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Oct. 13th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube

Philippians 2:5-11

INTRO

  • The previous verses were an exhortation for humility and unity.
  • These verses are the example of humility seen in Christ
  • Some view this passage as an hymn of the early church that Paul incorporated into his letter
  • We can live out the humble life because Christ has… and we are in HIM
  • JESUS, OUR ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

Have this mind v. 5

  • Have the same attitude as Christ
    • John 13:12-17
    • YOURS IN Christ Jesus

PREEXISTENCE

6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

Form of God

  • Morphe – the essential form
  • The essence of His nature
  • Continuance state. Unchanging

Did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped

  • Jesus did not cling to His position

INCARNATION

7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

He emptied Himself

  • Kenosis
    • He did not empty himself of His deity.  HE DID NOT BECOME LESS GOD
    • He added humanity

CRUCIFIXTION

8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Took the form of a servant

  • THIS IS HOW HE EMPTIED HIMSELF
    • Taking…adding.  Added to His nature as God.

He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross

  • Death on the cross.  For our sins.

RESURRECTION AND EXALTATION

9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Fath

God exalted Him

  • His new identity as the redeemer
    • Ransom has been paid…IT IS FINISHED

Bestowed upon Him the name above every name

  • Jesus – Savior
  • Lord – authoritative, ruling

Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess

  • Bowing to His sovereignty
  • Every knee…Everyone and Everywhere
  • Confess – Acknowledge, affirm, agree

Jesus in Lord, to the glory of God the Father


CONCLUSION

What a glorious picture of Christ!

  • He life, death, and exaltation

What a great example of humility

My goal should be:

Total dedication to Him

  • To His Lordship

Total denial of self

  • LIVE FOR HIM
  • LIVE FOR OTHERS