- Philippians 3:4-9; 4:1-9, 11b-13 Rejoicing in the Midst of Tough Times (Cooper)
Didn't most of us know all along that neither Wall Street nor WalMart could ever hold the secret to real contentment! So now it's the perfect time to look to Jesus Christ as our source of strength and we'll find our life secured in the blessing of peace and contentment that only Christ can bring. Now, as always, it's time to rejoice in the Lord!
- Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 Doppelganger Week (Anders)
Paul acknowledges that we are creatures of conformity. He is saying, "You're going to copy. You're going to mimic someone's steps and mirror someone's movements. That's how we are as human beings. So if you're going to imitate somebody, go ahead and imitate me. Follow me as I follow Jesus."
- Philippians 4:1-9 Four Part Harmony (Molin)
Paul offers a four-step equation to face adversity. A four-part harmony, just like a guitar chord, where each step Paul proposes is dependent upon the other three steps. You can't just do one; you need all four. 1. Do not worry about anything. 2. Pray about everything. 3. Be thankful. 4. We can have peace.
- Philippians 4:4-7 The Peace of Prayer (Bowen)
The Apostle Paul says, "In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." This is not a bromide. Paul does not stop there. He offers as the antidote to anxiety, what? "In nothing be anxious... pray." The discipline of prayer, he insists, is the answer to worry, the way to clarity of mind and heart.
- Philippians 4:4-7 The Faith of Gratitude (Bowen)
Paul writes, "do not be anxious, but make your needs known... with thanksgiving." So does gratitude save us, grant us inner peace and stability, joy and sense of purpose because it is one human emotion in which we are clearly called out of ourselves, caught up with God and life. Gratitude does it. But how to get it.
- Philippians 4:4-8 The Springs of Gratitude (Bowen)
Paul does NOT say, "Finally beloved, whatever is tragic, whatever is scandalous, whatever is gruesome, whatever is criminal, whatever is threatening, whatever is despicable, whatever is lascivious, whatever is ugly, whatever is degrading, fill your thoughts with all these things."