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We made it through our first Sunday Sermon Series. We’ve experienced a little over 8 weeks of expositional study in Philippians 4:4-9, and I pray it’s been as significant for you as it has for me.
Today we will do a quick review of Philippians 4 and then look at one other verse in order to put a beautiful capstone on our study of biblical peace.
If this is the first you’ve heard of this study, please feel free to jump in “Peace In: Part I – What is Peace?”
I cannot being to express the blessing this study has been to my soul. My current personal and professional experiences have offered a significant temptation to anxiety and anger, but God’s truth has bastioned me and Christ Himself has taken charge of the garrison keeping a daily watch over my heart and mind. So, thank you for this opportunity to study God’s gracious, ever sufficient truth.
I foresee that we have two parts left to our study of peace in Philippians (including today’s study). Today we will look at the last Peace Prerequisite and the final Peace Promise, and next week we will do a final review of the passage.
An event that looks like a tragedy comes crashing into your existence – how do you respond?
Are you able to thankfully and peacefully rest in God’s goodness?
If not, we have two resources for you today:
- Please enjoy this introduction to the song “I Am With You” from The Wilds upcoming album entitled “Sing the Greatness.” This song was dedicated to Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis. This is the same church that recently had the fatal bus crash that send four people into eternity. Their story is a tribute to the peace and grace we mentioned above.
- If you haven’t followed AMBrewster’s study on biblical peace from the book of Philippians, we urge you to start here – “Peace In: Part I.” Only by understanding who God is and by living out these “Peace Prerequisites” in your life will you be able to thankfully and peacefully rest in God’s goodness.
Welcome back. As always, I’d like to welcome anyone just joining us to take few minutes to catch up with out study. You can start here: “Peace In: part I.” If you missed any other parts, you may click here.
The passage we’re dipping into today is so extremely exciting because it’s the first of two Peace Promises we’ll see before we’re done.
The Peace Prerequisites
Remember, peace is not a natural consequence of being a Christian. If that were so, no Christian would ever be afraid or depressed. But peace is a conditional promise offered to every Christian. All we have to do is do our part. Of course, we can never accomplish anything Christ-honoring with His power, so in the end, God is asking us to do things we can only do through Him to have peace only He can provide. It really is a win-win-win for us.
1. Find your complete and utter joy in nothing and no one else other than God and His Truth. Don’t let a job, spouse, team, grade, children, hobby, song, food, or house be your goal. Make God and His glory your preeminent mission in life. This means His Word and the work He has for us must be more important than our fleeting fancies.
2. Be gentle, gracious, and loving to all men. Men may call you their enemy because they side with sin, but no man should you ever consider unlovable. Peace with the antagonistic, unity with the brethren, and truth in love to all men should be our aim. Know that God provides power to accomplish this by His indwelling Spirit, and that He may return at any moment and wants to find us serving Him.
3. Never be anxious for anything. Instead of dwelling on the problem and fretting over the outcome, allow your thoughts to turn to God, His promises, and His throne. Bow before Him in humble submission, casting your care on Him with a thankful heart that He is using these circumstances to work in you and bring Him glory.
When you accomplish all of this with Christ’s power for Christ’s glory the result is and will always be . . .
Welcome back to our study of what biblical peace is and how to have it.
If you stumbled on this page without starting this study at the beginning, I’d encourage you to click this link – “Peace In: Part I”
Peace In: Part IV
Have you ever been anxious?
Have you ever worried about a test, or an interview, or the future of a child?
Have you ever found it hard to concentrate at work because a weight in your chest you couldn’t ignore?
Today we have the ecstatic joy of learning how to cure anxiety! Today’s passage will examine our final Peace Prerequisite in order to achieve our first Peace Promise. There’re not enough reams of digital paper to record the lives that have been resurrected, the anxiety that has been destroyed, and the phobias that have been put to flight by the passage we’re going to study today!
Continue reading “Peace In: Part IV – What Scares You?”
Thank you once again for joining our current study of biblical peace.
If you’re new to this study, please feel free to start with “Peace In: Part I.”
Last week we read Philippians 4:4-9, and in just six verses we saw two beautiful promises of peace. But we also saw that peace is conditional, because along with these two promises we find two significant lists of conditions. We looked at the first item on the first list last week and will study the second item this week – moderation.
Peace In: Part III
Thanks to the KJV, this verse has often been misunderstood by modern readers. How does one make his moderation known to all men?
Do I wear a shirt that says, “I only eat chocolate on Thursdays”?
Do I vote for the Green Party?
We introduced our first Sunday Sermon Series here: Peace In: Introduction
We started our study of biblical peace here: Peace In: Part I
And we’re continuing that study right here!
Peace In: Part II
Last week we looked at many misconceptions concerning peace – peace is not a feeling or a divine stamp of approval – and we ended our time together learning that biblical peace is a state of mind. It’s a “soul rest” that pervades our every situation. It protects us from fear, doubt, anger, and depression.
So the next logical question is . . . how does one achieve peace?
We’ll spend the bulk of our time in this series in the book of Philippians, so let’s start with an overview of Philippians 4:4-9.
Verses 4-6 are a list followed by a promise of peace in verse 7.
Then verse 8 gives us another long list followed by a verse 9 repeat of the promise from verse 7.
The promise? Peace.
If you missed the introduction to this series, please click on the following link to join us in our study on peace. We wouldn’t want anyone to feel left behind: Peace In: Introduction
Peace In: Part I
As we delve back into our study in Philippians 4:4-9, we need to determine what “peace” actually is. Since we’re commanded to have peace . . .
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25
. . . it would behoove us to know what we have to do or be. How many Christians commit the sin of lasciviousness because they never bothered to figure out what it was? Let’s not make that same mistake here.
One way to discern what peace is is to figure out what it’s not.
Continue reading “Peace In: Part I – What is Peace?”
What is it?
Christmas is the “season of peace.” Green Peace is a year round endeavor. In high school, the word “peace” (accompanied by V-shaped fingers) was one of my favorite salutations.
People drink to “peace in the east.” Protestors contrast peace and war on spray-painted banners. When making decisions, Christians search for the “peace” they believe will affirm their life-choices. Anxiety attacks and phobias are a mainstay of psychological counseling sessions, and what child hasn’t experienced a lack of peace in a dark room on a stormy night?
Peace seems to be much longed for yet seldom achieved.
No doubt many of you have a favorite Scripture passage you turn to in times of turmoil (moments without peace). There are numerous scriptures that deal directly with peace, and countless more that bear such wonderful tidings a Christian can’t help but let the truths wash over their soul with a peaceful, contented froth. So, if it’s impossible to pick up the Bible without facing truths designed to deliver peace, why do so many Christians struggle with inner doubt, anxiety, stress, distress, fear, and depression?
There was a time in my life I sloughed through discontentment and despondency. I hated my life and couldn’t believe this was God’s will. Thankfully, instead of running from God, I searched the Bible for answers. My joy – my peace – was found in a thorough study of Philippians. To this day, Philippians 4:4-9 is one of my favorite passages.
Over the next few weeks I will do a short Sunday Sermon Series on the practical applications of this beautiful doctrine. We will learn together from God Himself what peace is and how we can achieve this elusive virtue. I hope it will be a study of supreme joy to every believer in God. Please join us as we take the first steps to “peace on Earth,” by beginning with our own lives.
I suggest you spend some time reading and praying through Philippians preparation for our study next week.
Continue to “Peace In: Part I.”