Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Philippians Part 15- Rejoice Part 2| Colin D

This message was preached  by Colin D at Word of Grace Church on  January 17th, 2016. To listen/download the audio please click hereTo listen to the Sunday's worship and prophetic contributions please click here

Many people have died in these past few days. On the tombstone there will be two dates and a dash in between. That dash represents your life.

Every time I go to a funeral I realise that life is short. So whatever I am pursuing- is it worth it?
Have you heard a preacher say ‘finally’? Paul says finally half way through his letters. It’s a marker saying, ‘so then’!

Paul says ‘rejoice’ 20 times. He qualifies how we should rejoice in the Lord. You may say that you don’t know my situation. Happiness comes from happenings. Joy depends on Jesus and what he has done, who he is. We thank him for the big and small things. When we face challenges, the way to overcome that is to focus on the attributes of Jesus.

In Africa, there is a miracle berry- after eating which everything else tastes sweet. Praising Jesus is like that. As we thank him, we are able to rejoice in everything.

Remember where Paul is writing from- not from a 5-star hotel but in chains in prison. He says that it is no trouble for him to repeat things over and over again. I want to remind you to Eat Pray Love.

When Paul was travelling he received a vision to go to Macedonia ( Acts 16). When he went there he preached the wonderful gospel of grace that we sang about this morning.

We are all sinners- none of our good deeds can make up for our bad. The son of God became a man, lived a sinless life- died on the cross- so that my sins would be forgiven. You don’t need to do anything. That’s the gospel of grace.

Q. What happened at Philippi?

He preached this gospel and moved on. Then, some Jews came along and told them that believing is not enough. They had to get circumcised. Paul was livid when he heard this.  ( Gal 5:12) They were saying that Old Testament practices had to be followed as well. Paul was angry with them.

So we do not put confidence in anything we do but in the finished work on the cross. All our works are nothing. In verse 4 Paul lists his pedigree. He was a Jew of the highest order. But he did not boast in any of this. Compared to knowing Jesus, everything was a loss- even the good things, even the preaching, evangelising etc. Knowing Christ is the greatest of all. Paul considered everything else as s#*t.

We thank God for what he has done in our lives but we don’t boast in it.

In 2016 can we focus our attention on knowing Jesus more deeply.

Colossians 2:2- Christ is all sufficient, all satisfying. In him are hidden all the treasures of knowledge.

Let’s look at 5 things Paul talks about. The goal of Paul’s life is to know Christ. Romans 3:20-23- the law makes us conscious of sin. No one can keep the whole law. But when we come to Jesus we get a righteousness that comes by believing. So we get salvation because of Jesus.

1.       Know Christ- verse 10. This year, let’s grow deeper in knowing Christ.
2.       Righteousness
3.       There is a power available to us in our time of need.
4.       The fellowship of sharing in his suffering. We can pray in our pain and that draws us close to him. As we suffer we remember him in his suffering.
5.       One day we will pass away. But when you are in Christ, our last breath on earth is our first breath in heaven. And when Christ returns, we will have resurrection bodies. We will live with the Lord forever.

Let’s devote our lives. We could be caught up in so many other things, but let’s have an ambition to know him more.

Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that have people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service. To know more about us please log onto

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