WE MUST REDISCOVER THE SCRIPTURES AND APPLY THEM: 2 KINGS 22:8-11

DISCUSSION

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WE MUST SEEK THE HEALTH OF THE CHURCH: 2 Kings 22:3-7 & 1 Peter 2:5

DISCUSSION

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HIS STEADFAST LOVE ENDURES FOREVER: Psalm 100

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

VERSE 1
All hail the power of Jesus’ name! 
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

VERSE 2 
O seed of Israel’s chosen race

now ransomed from the fall, 

hail him who saves you by his grace,
 and crown him Lord of all.

Hail him who saves you by his grace,
 and crown him Lord of all!

VERSE 3 
Let every tongue and every tribe responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!

VERSE 4 
Oh, that with all the sacred throng we at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.

PHILIPPIANS: the surpassing worth of knowing Christ

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is laser-focussed on “the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:8). In this letter, he reminds the Philippians who Jesus is, what He has done, and what that means for those who belong to Him. Paul is pouring his heart out while sitting in a prison cell for the sake of the gospel. To think—one of his most encouraging epistles was written while in chains!

In Philippians Paul presents Jesus as the one who makes us saints (1:1), works in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure (2:13), and as the one who will bring us to completion when He returns (1:6) having secured our citizenship in heaven (3:20-21). In other words, He has justified us, is sanctifying us, and will one day glorify us to the glory of God the Father.

But that is not all Philippians contains. In this heartfelt correspondence, Paul explicitly reveals the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus personally. He proclaims knowing Jesus is better than being free from prison or free from suffering (1:13, 29). Being like Christ is superior to being selfish or apathetic (2:3,12). Cherishing the Lord exceeds clinging to self-righteousness or obtaining worldly gain (3:3-8). Being accepted by Christ Jesus the Lord is more desirable than living in the past with regret or living now for the praise of men (3:12-19). The great promise of Philippians is this: if you know Jesus personally you have everything you need for everlasting happiness. You can suffer, hunger, be brought low or in great need—and yet joyfully face it all through Christ who strengthens you (4:12-13).

Jesus accomplished all of this by emptying himself of his glory, taking the form of a servant, and submitting to death on a cross for our sakes (2:7-8). Great was the cost and great are the promises he bought! May God use this study of Philippians to broaden our understanding of who Jesus is, grow our desire for holiness, strengthen our hands to serve one another, and deepen our love for Jesus as the one of surpassing worth.

  1. SLAVES AND SAINTS: Philippians 1:1-5
  2. HE WILL BRING IT TO COMPLETION: Philippians 1:6-8
  3. PAUL’S PRAYER: Philippians 1:9-11
  4. THE ADVANCE OF THE GOSPEL: Philippians 1:12-14
  5. IF CHRIST BE PROCLAIMED, WE MUST REJOICE: Philippians 1:15-18a
  6. TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN: Philippians 1:18b-26
  7. LIVE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL: Philippians 1:27-30
  8. COUNT OTHERS MORE SIGNIFICANT: Philippians 2:1-4
  9. CHRIST’S EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY: Philippians 2:4-11
  10. WORK, FOR IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU: Philippians 2:12-13
  11. LIGHTS IN THE WORLD: Philippians 2:14-18
  12. FAITHFUL LABORERS (pt.1): Philippians 2:19-24
  13. FAITHFUL LABORERS (pt.2): Philippians 2:25-30
  14. TRUE AND FALSE CHRISTIANS: Philippians 3:1-3
  15. YOU CANNOT SAVE YOU: Philippians 3:4-7
  16. THE SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST: Philippians 3:8-9
  17. THAT I MAY KNOW HIM: Philippians 3:10-11
  18. HOW AND WHY YOU MUST PRESS ON: Philippians 3:12-16 
  19. OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN: Philippians 3:17–19
  20. WE MUST STAND FIRM IN UNITY: Philippians 4:1-3
  21. WE MUST STAND FIRM BY REJOICING, TRUSTING, AND PRAYING: Philippians 4:4-7
  22. WE MUST STAND FIRM MY THINKING: Philippians 4:8
  23. WE MUST STAND FIRM MY DOING: Philippians 4:9
  24. THE SECRET OF FACING ALL THINGS WITH JOY: Philippians 4:10-13
  25. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME: Philippians 4:13
  26. SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE AND PLEASING TO GOD: Philippians 4:14-23

ABORTION

A BAPTIST BODY OF DIVINITY

SERMONS ON THE BAPTIST CATECHISM

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Beloved, I encourage you to get an Advent devotional and read through it each day with your family or by yourself if you are not married. Let us meditate upon the love of God in sending His only Son to redeem us!

Here are my recommendations:

I) COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS edited by Nancie Guthrie

Big idea: This is a collection of sermon and book excerpts both current and from church history that will help you say, “Come thou long expected Jesus.” I personally read this devotional every year leading up to Christmas. I treasure Nancie Guthrie’s books that she has edited.

((There is a book like this for the Good Friday and Easter season as well. It is called “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” and it specifically made me weep when I read an excerpt by Charles Spurgeon, “Then did they spit in his face.”))

II) LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS by Sinclair Ferguson

Big idea: “This Advent devotional contains 24 daily readings from 1 Corinthians 13. Sinclair B Ferguson brings the rich theology of the incarnation to life with his trademark warmth and clarity. We’ll see what “love” looked like in the life of Christ and be challenged to love like him.”

LINK

III) THE CHRISTMAS WE DIDN’T EXPECT by David Mathis

Big idea: “No Advent calendars for sale this Christmas can offer what lies behind the windows David Mathis opens in The Christmas We Didn’t Expect. True to its title, it is full of surprises. So, buy it, and carefully unwrap each Advent treat (no more than one a day, or you may spoil your appetite). Then let it melt slowly on your spiritual taste buds and enjoy what Isaiah (the Christmas prophet) called ‘rich food.’” — Sinclair Ferguson

LINK

In Christ alone,
Brett

OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN: Philippians 3:20-21


OUTLINE

I. SAINTS SET THEIR MINDS ON HEAVENLY THINGS (v. 20a)

II. SAINTS GLORY IN THEIR SAVIOR (v. 20b)

III. SAINTS’ GOD IS THE LORD JESUS (v. 20c)

IV. SAINTS’ END IS GLORIFICATION (v. 21)

V. SAINTS SET THEIR HEARTS ON JESUS’ SECOND COMING (v. 21b)

DISCUSSION

I. In verses 20-21, how are Christians contrasted with those that walk as enemies? Think about the contrast Paul is drawing. According to verse 20, what is a Christian’s “end”? What is a Christians “god” or “Lord”? What do Christians “glory in”? Are you awaiting your Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ?

A PASTOR MUST BE QUALIFIED: 1 Timothy 3:1-7

A pastor must have the desire, character, diligence, experience, reputation, and giftedness necessary to fulfill the noble task of shepherding the flock of God that He obtained with His own blood.

INTRODUCTION

I) The words Overseer, Elder, and Pastor are used interchangeably in the New Testament (1 Peter 5:1-2)

II) There must be a plurality of Pastors (Acts 20:17)

III) Pastors must train up pastors (2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5)

IV) Women are not pastors (1 Timothy 2:12)

V) Pastors must meet the God-breathed qualifications and be appointed by Pastors (Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 4:4; 1 Timothy 5:22; Acts 13:3)

MAIN POINTS

I. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE DESIRE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 1)

II. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE CHARACTER NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 2-3)

III. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE DILIGENCE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 4-5)

IV. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 6)

V. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE REPUTATION NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 7)

VI. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE GIFTEDNESS NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 2)