Peace In: Part VI – What Are You Thinking?

Sunday Sermon Series

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the second-to-the-last part of our study on biblical peace. Next Sunday we’ll complete our first Sunday Sermon Series! Thank you to all of you who have continued with us to this point. If you’d like to start at the beginning, please click here – “Peace In: Part I.”

Where We Have Been

Over the past five weeks we’ve seen that . . .

  1. Peace is a conditional promise of divine soul rest powerful enough to overcome out feeling of doubt, depression, anxiety, and anger.
  2. The first Peace Prerequisite is that we must fulfill our responsibility to God by finding our sole joy in Him.
  3. The second prerequisite is that we must fulfill our responsibility to others by showing our gentleness in all things because not only is God in us, He is returning soon to collect us unto Himself.
  4. The third requirement is that we must fulfill our responsibility to this life by not being anxious, but instead taking all of our cares and anxieties to God in humble and thankful trust that He will work in and through them as He’s promised.
  5. When we are faithful to obey God, He provides a divine peace that stations a spiritual guard over our thoughts and desires – under the ultimate authority of none other than Jesus Christ.

Where We Are Now

In pure Pauline fashion, it’s as if Paul realizes there’s one more important thing he must say to the Philippians on the subject of peace. So he lays out a fourth Peace Prerequisite followed by a second Peace Promise.

Continue reading “Peace In: Part VI – What Are You Thinking?”

Advertisements

Peace In: Part V – Peace Promise #1

 

Sunday Sermon Series

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 . . .

Continue reading “Peace In: Part V – Peace Promise #1”

Peace In: Introduction

Sunday Sermon Series

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.

peace sign copyFine, I admit it . . . I’m the guy who still thinks that’s cool.

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.”

Is Your Faith a Fairy Tale?

Is Your Faith a Fairy Tale

On the road to Damascus he met the resurrected Savior of the world.

His life changed for eternity.

But he had a thorn.

Don’t abandon me yet – this post has nothing to do with Paul’s thorn. But it has everything to do with the reality your faith. Continue reading “Is Your Faith a Fairy Tale?”