Philippians 1: 3-4 Thanksgiving and Joy

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Philippians 1:3 (NKJV)
3. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4. always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
5. for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. 

Thanksgiving & Joy 

Notice how the apostle Paul starts with thanksgiving .. as Paul gives thanks according to verse 4 he receives joy. You see thankful people or grateful people experience … joy VS complaining and unthankful people will experience …. distress or grieve.

Quote: “Talk about your problems and
you will always have problems to talk about.”
Author Unknown

Quote: “Learn to be grateful and
you will have more each day to be grateful for.”
Author Unknown

Quote: “When I started counting my blessings,
my whole life turned around.”
Willie Nelson

There are loads of Scriptures that talk about thanksgiving and complaining. Just to mention a few:

 

Phil. 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing

Eph. 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father

 


I don’t have more time to teach on this specific topic, but let me close with this challenge: Start your day with Thanksgiving.

Find at least 10 things you are grateful for AND Go 24 hrs without complaining .. not even once .. and see how your life changes for good. RESULT: Go from grieve or stress to a life full of joy and peace.

 

So simple, but just try it and it will change your life.

Philippians 1:3 (NKJV)
3. I thank my God upon every remembrance of
you,
4. always in every prayer of mine making request
for you all with joy,
5. for your fellowship in the gospel from the first
day until now.


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PHILIPPIANS 1:1-2 Greetings

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Philippians 1:1-2 (NKJV)

1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Paul and Timothy:
The epistle of Philippians was written by the apostle Paul and most likely Timothy was present to write the letter. 

“bondservants of Jesus Christ”

Notice how the apostle Paul calls himself first of all a servant of Jesus Christ. Not the church. Not humans! Not tradition!

We are here to serve Jesus Christ and not trying to please people. A true follower of Jesus Christ is not trying to please people but rather our focus should always to please God, even if it means people are not happy. (Galatians 1:10)

To all the saints in Christ Jesus

Observe to whom the letter was addressed:

1st – Saints in Christ Jesus
2nd – ministers or church officers

1. To all the saints in Christ who are at Philippi. He mentions the church before the ministers, because the ministers are for the church, for their edification and benefit, not the churches for the ministers, for their dignity, dominion, and wealth.
2. It is directed to the ministers, or church-officers – with the bishops and deacons, the bishops or elders, in the first place, whose office it was to teach and rule, and the deacons, or overseers of the poor, who took care of the outward business of the house of God. 

Notice the apostle Paul calls all the members of the church .. SAINTS

FIRST, we can see the only requirement to be a saint is to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. You can only be a saint if you are IN Christ Jesus .. this means you need to have a personal relationship with Jesus

SECOND: All Christians are saints … not just a few chosen ones. Not just a few approved by the pope. NO!! Every person who accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour become a saint through the blood of Jesus. Not because he is without fault no because of what Jesus did for us on the cross … we are saints through God’s grace.

Bishops: Greek episkopos; Latin, episcopus.

Different terms used for the same office:
BISHOP, ELDER, PASTOR OR PRESBYTER

As early as 50 AD Paul appointed “elders” in every church, with prayer and fasting (Acts 14:23), referring to the Asiatic churches before established. But in writing to the Philippians (Phil 1:1) he speaks of “bishops” and “deacons.”

In the Gentile Christian churches, this title evidently had been adopted; and it is only in the Pastoral Epistles that we find the name “presbyters” applied. The name “presbyter”, “elder,” or “bishop” refers to the same persons. Their office is defined as “ruling” Today we most of the time call them Pastors.

Deacons: The term diakonos

It may be said in general that the terms mean the service of the bondservant (doulos), underling (huperetes) or helper (diakonos).

Probably from diako, to run on errands; an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at a table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess): – deacon, minister, servant.

This is the main focus of this message…

1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil 1-1 All the Saints


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INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS

 

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Philippians 1:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the [a]bishops and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Background:
Philippi was the first city in which the gospel of Jesus Christ was preached on the continent of Europe. Acts 16 informs us of the vision that Paul had in the night. He saw a man of Macedonia in Europe. Then we read how Paul & Silas went. In Philippi, they
found a group of women who had met together for prayer by the river. This is where Lydia opened her heart and accepted the Lord. It was here where the devil possessed girl followed them and shouted loud. It is where Paul rebuked the evil spirit and the girl was set free. After that Paul & Silas went to prison because of the people who were making money through the demon-possessed girl. While in prison there was an earthquake and the chains of all prisoners were loosed.

It was then that the jailer wanted to kill himself because he thought all prisoners would have escaped. However instead found out that everyone was still there and gave his life to the Lord. This is how the church in Philippi started. It is funny as Paul is writing this letter… again he is a prisoner, however, this time in Rome. Paul was writing this letter in response to a gift that was sent by the church through Epaphroditus.

The theme of the epistle of Philippians is one of JOY — Joy in the Lord. This letter teaches us in a practical way how to have and experience joy. Please remember when Paul was writing this letter he was in a dungeon in Rome … not a very pleasant place to be, however, again and again, we will be instructed how to have joy and experience joy while facing hard times.

As we go through this epistle we will be facing and dealing with the following questions:

What is life? What is death? Meaning of justification by faith, the doctrine of the resurrection, what does it mean to be glorified, the meaning of real prayer. This book is full of central Christian doctrines and yet very practical. Looking forward to exploring it together and learn from it so our lives may be changed and transformed … so we may experience JOY IN THE LORD AT ALL TIMES. 


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WATCH & PRAY – Matthew 26:36-46 by Arthur Peter

WATCH & PRAY – Matthew 26:36-46 by Arthur Peter

Short devotional of about 7 minutes about prayer

The Prayer in the Garden

36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

Matthew 26:36-46 NKJV

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Jesus and Prayer Luke 22:39-46

Jesus and Prayer Luke 22:39-46

Short devotional of about 7 minutes on Jesus and Prayer taken from Luke 22:39-46

The Prayer in the Garden

39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

Luke 22:39-46 NKJV
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