on May 20th, 2020
AdmitRomans 3:10-11,23The Bible teaches that there is only one way to eternal life. This one way is through accepting Christ as your Savior.The first step to receive Christ as your Savior is to admit you are a sinner.Scripture teaches that all people are sinners.The simple definition of sin is disobedience to God.This means that all people are disobedient to God.Even the best person or the most re...
on May 19th, 2020
Philippians 2:9-11LordshipPhilippians 2:9-11 (NIV) - 9 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 confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Jesus is Lord.Jesus himself taught that he is the Lord. He said, “Yo...
on May 18th, 2020
Philippians 2:8ObediencePhilippians 2:8 (NIV) – “And being found in humble appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”Obedience follows the example of Christ. It is God’s desire for every Christian.The first step of obedience is to trust Christ as our Savior.I believe your obedience to God is an encouragement to other believers to also obey God. I...
on May 15th, 2020
Philippians 2:5-7ServantWhen they hear the word “servant”, some people mistakenly think of a person who performs menial tasks that are beneath their dignity.Jesus corrected our misunderstanding of what it means to be a servant.Jesus is our greatest example of a servant. He completely obeyed the Father, even dying on the cross to provide our salvation.So, following the example of Jesus, a servant i...
on May 14th, 2020
Philippians 2:4ThoughtfulnessPhilippians 2:4 (NIV) - Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.Christians should avoid preoccupation with self to be thoughtful of others. We look for ways we can help others with their interests.This is a great way to build relationships because everyone wants to associate with others who are genuinely interested in...
on May 13th, 2020
Philippians 2:3HumilityPhilippians 2:3 (NIV) - Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.Humility is vital to the foundation upon which relationships are built, especially among Christians.Humility means we think more of Christ and others than of ourselves.The humble person is more interested in giving credit to others than receiving...
United With Each Other
on May 12th, 2020
Philippians 2:2United with Each OtherUnity in the church is essential.Because we are united with Christ, we are to be united with our fellow Christians.Paul clearly said we are to be like-minded, have the same love, be one in spirit and purpose.I believe unity in the church is achieved through all believers focusing on the goal of serving and glorifying Christ.I came across a quote years ago. I do...
United With Christ
on May 11th, 2020
Philippians 2:1United with ChristOver the next several days we will spend some time together in Philippians chapter two which is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.In Philippians 2:1 Paul used the phrase “united with Christ”.We are eternally united with Christ when we receive him as our Savior. Jesus himself said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them...
Joy in Hardship
on May 8th, 2020
Joy In HardshipOur difficulties are opportunities to choose to live in the joy of the Lord.When Paul and Silas were in the Philippian prison they were praying and singing hymns to God. (Acts 16:25) Paul wrote that the Macedonian churches experienced “overflowing joy” in their trials. (2 Corinthians 8:2, NIV)I believe we will experience God’s joy in our hardships when we remember three things:1. G...
Good News of Great Joy
on May 7th, 2020
Luke 2:10-11Good News of Great JoyThe media informs us that there is a lot of bad news in our world. Sometimes we let this bad news weigh us down with worry.But, in the midst of the bad news there is good news. This good news is that Christ is our Savior.Knowing Christ as our Savior means that we will live eternally in heaven and that we will live joyfully on earth.If Christ is your Savior then li...
Joy In Our Partnership
on May 6th, 2020
Joy in Our PartnershipPhilippians 1:4-5Joy is something we experience when we are partners in the gospel.In Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi he wrote, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”. (Philippians 1:4-5)Paul was joyful because he was not alone in sharing the gospel. The Philippian Christians we...
Joy Is a Choice
on May 5th, 2020
Joy is a choice.Joy is a gift from God but I have the choice to accept or reject it.We cannot choose all of our circumstances. However, we can choose our attitudes in our circumstances. Every believer can choose to exercise God’s gift of joy.The apostle Paul is our example. He experienced difficulty in Philippi (Acts 16) but, when he wrote his letter to the Philippians, he wrote with a joyful hear...