The Argument of Philippians in Five Verses

Saturday Thoughts on Discipleship and Growth

Update: I was reminded by a friend this week of how important its is to remember to REFUSE TO LIVE WITHOUT JOY, which led me back to this post from 10 years ago.

Stacked Stones 1

If you have believed in Christ …
If the Living Christ, risen from the dead, seated at the right hand of the Father is yours …
If he who ever-lives is your sin-bearer and atoning sacrifice …

  1. Philippians 1:6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
    (BE CONFIDENT – God is going to bring you to maturity)
  2. Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His own good pleasure.”
    (BE ENCOURAGED – God is more committed to working in you than you are.)
  3. Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
    (FORGET THE PAST – God is calling you to much more than your past. He isn’t finished with you. He is calling you to the prize and prize is Himself.)
  4. Philippians 4:3 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
    (REJOICE – Nothing is going to stop God from bringing you to maturity in Christ.)
      • Remember these things.
      • Do these things.
      • Rejoice in these things and your joy, your growth in the grace and knowledge of Christ will grow with each new day.

Your mouth will open with a new boldness in your witness, a new humility in your countenance, and a new energy and love to serve the world around you.

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