Every difficulty and problem faced in the wisdom and strength of the Lord simply provides a further opportunity for the extension of the gospel.
Complete salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone apart from working for it or keeping religious rituals.
Strive to continually make salvation work so God would be glorified both now and in eternity.
All the political forces of the world and the demonic forces of hell cannot stop the advance of the Kingdom of God.
Believers with thankfulness and joy continually pray for each other to keep growing in Christ’s love.
What is the joy of Christmas supposed to be rooted in? Of course, true joy can only be found in Christ. And if true joy is found only in Christ, we must possess a full view of the Christ whom we attach Christmas to.
There was a strong relationship between the Philippian church and the apostle Paul. In this passage, he speaks from his heart to them and reveals that the bond between them is rooted in the gospel of Jesus. In his final sermon at EMBC, Pastor Mitch draws upon Paul’s words to address the church. Likewise, their relationship has been rooted in the soil of the gospel. Using Paul’s five statements in this passage, he reminds the church at East Madison that God will be faithful to finish the work he has begun.
In the face of difficult circumstances, Paul exhorts us to rejoice that the gospel is being proclaimed. As we send a dear family out from us, we are reminded by this text that the gospel is most important because Christ is most valuable. Even though we’ll miss these relationships, we too can rejoice that the gospel is being proclaimed. And in this, we’ll rejoice!