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17
Jul
18

What Matters Most

The apostle Paul suffered for his faith and his defense of it. He was imprisoned, beaten, flogged and nearly stoned to death. Yet he persevered in spreading the good news about Jesus and His love for the world. He didn’t complain about his trials, but instead he rejoiced in them. He even encouraged others to rejoice about his trials. He wrote:

But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. – Philippians 2:17-18 (NIV)

Could you do it? Could you rejoice in suffering for Jesus? If you could keep your eyes on what matters most, then you could. For Paul, sharing God’s good news about Jesus was what mattered most. Telling people about Jesus mattered most. Even if it cost him his life, he would rather die telling people about Jesus than live as he kept silent. The good news matters most because without it, people are lost.
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16
Jul
18

Shining Like Stars

In Philippians 2, Paul told the church to be like Jesus in humility and selflessness. He then said:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. – Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

When we humbly serve one another without grumbling against one another or complaining about one another, we stand out. The world around us is a dark place. There is very little humility, service or love. There is much division and discord, arguing and complaining. If we, as Christ’s church, can learn to love one another and get along despite our differences, the world will take notice of Jesus. It is only by His power and grace that we can truly be united in service and love. So let us shine like stars so that others will see the light of Jesus.
15
Jul
18

Trusting God’s Grace Even If He Says No

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

13
Jul
18

Grumbling And Complaining

One of the hardest things to do as a human being is to get along with others. As we look around us, it has becoming clear that we just can’t get along. People are fighting over politics and politicians. We’re fighting over social issues such as racism and immigration. We’re fighting over economic issues and our values. These disagreements even make their way into the church. Paul told the Philippians:

Do all things without grumbling or disputing… – Philippians 2:14 (NIV)

When it comes to our relationships in the church, we need to remember to be humble. We have to demonstrate to the world what it means to put others before yourself. We have to get along for the sake of God’s Kingdom. That means that we don’t grumble against one another and we don’t complain about one another. Instead, we love each other and pray for each other. When we do that, God is pleased and the world takes notice.
12
Jul
18

Learning To Obey

Jesus was fully obedient to the will of God the Father. He went to the cross and suffered and died for the sins of humanity. God raised Him from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place. Jesus is our example of humility, service and obedience. The apostle Paul then wrote:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. – Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, it is with fear and trembling that we humbly learn to look like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive people. We tremble before the exalted King of kings because He is Jesus and He is Lord. God is working in us and through us to accomplish His will. He is able to use flawed human beings to do mighty things for His Kingdom. Let us learn to obey like Jesus so that God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.
11
Jul
18

The Name Of Jesus

Philippians 2:6-11 is a powerful hymn about Jesus Christ. In the second half of the hymn, we see how God the Father responded to Jesus’ obedience. Paul wrote:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is ruling and reigning at the right hand of God the Father. There is no one like Him and there is no other name by which we can be saved and forgiven. One day every single human being who has ever lived will bow down before Him. Some will bow in praise and adoration because they’ve been worshiping Him as Lord for years. Others will bow in terror because they will realize that the One they rejected was the one true God all along. What about you? On that day when Jesus comes in power and glory, how will you bow before Him? Will you bow in awe and reverence before your Savior or in fear before your Judge? Either way, you WILL bow before Him.a
10
Jul
18

Loving Like Jesus

Jesus humbled Himself and left Heaven’s throne for a lowly manger in Bethlehem. He went from being adored by angels to serenaded by goats and sheep. Jesus humbled Himself to the point of being crucified. Paul described Jesus to the Philippians in this way:

And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

Jesus died on a Roman cross for your sins and my sins. Crucifixion was a horrible and humiliating way to die. Why would Jesus allow this to happen to Himself? It was because of God’s unconditional, unlimited and unselfish love for the world. God loves us all so much that He would rather suffer and die than live without us for eternity. If Jesus loves us like this, then we should love each other like this. We need to learn to humble ourselves and put Jesus first and others second. Then, we will truly be the church that reflects the love of our Savior.



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