WHY WE GIVE: Philippians 4:17-18

OUTLINE

I. GIVING IS NOT ABOUT THE GIFT AS MUCH AS THE ONE IT IS GIVEN TO—NAMELY, GOD (v. 17a)

II. GIVING PRODUCES HAPPINESS BOTH FOREVER AND NOW (v. 17b)

III. GIVING MUST MAINLY BE FOR THE ADVANCE OF THE GOSPEL AND FOR THOSE IN NEED (v. 18a)

IV. GIVING IS TO BE A SWEET FRAGRANCE TO GOD (v. 18b)

V. GIVING IS TO BE A SACRIFICE TO GOD (v. 18c)

VI. GIVING IS ACCEPTABLE AND PLEASING TO GOD (v. 18d)

DISCUSSION

1. What does Paul not mean in verse 17? What does he mean? How does Matthew 6:20 help clarify?

2. Read verse 18. What were the Philippians gifts to Paul? What were the gifts before God? What do we learn here concerning Christian generosity?

MISSIONARIES NEED CHURCHES AS PARTNERS: Philippians 4:14-16

OUTLINE

  1. Missionaries are sent and supplied in obedience to Christʼs command in the Great Commission
    (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)
  2. Missionaries are either Church-Planters or Church- Strengtheners, sometimes both
    (Ti. 1:5, 2 Tim. 2:2)
  3. Missionaries should be approved, sent, and supplied by local churches (Acts 13:3)
  4. Missionaries should be accountable to local churches
    (Acts 14:27)
  5. Missionaries should meet the same qualifications as pastors, because they are pastors (Eph. 4:11, 1 Tim. 3, Ti. 1)
  6. Missionaries are sent and supplied for the sake of Christʼs name among the nations (Rom. 1:5, 2 Jn. 7)
  7. Missions exists because worship does not
    (1 Chron. 16:31, Is. 4996, Rev. 599-12)

I. MISSIONARIES NEED CHURCHES TO SHARE THEIR TROUBLES BY MEETING THEIR NEEDS (vv. 14, 16)

II. CHURCHES MUST PARTNER WITH MISSIONARIES BECAUSE SENDING FINANCIALLY IS JUST AS VITAL AS GOING PHYSICALLY (v. 15)

III. MISSIONARIES SHOULD BE TREATED MORE LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER AND LESS LIKE A BEGGAR (v. 16)

IV. MISSIONARIES SHOULD BE GENEROUSLY SUPPLIED EVEN AT GREAT COST TO THE SAINTS (2 Cor. 8:1-3)

DISCUSSION

1. In verses 14-16, Paul is clarifying his gratefulness for the Philippians’ generosity. What did they do for him? How does 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 shed further light on their generous spirit?

2. How does Acts 16 help us understand what Paul is referencing in verse 15?

HEBREWS 2021

LOOKING TO JESUS, THE FOUNDER AND FINISHER: Hebrews 12:1-2

OUTLINE

I. HOW TO BE FAITHFUL TO JESUS

  1. Lay aside everything that keeps you from total devotion to Jesus
  2. Be killing sin or sin will be encircling you 
  3. Patiently run the race that God has set before you

II. HOW TO GET STRENGTH TO BE FAITHFUL TO JESUS

  1. Look to Jesus alone for salvation and strength
  2. Look to Jesus, the Founder and Finisher of your faith
  3. Look to Jesus, who patiently endured the cross for you
  4. Look to Jesus, who endured the shame He despises for even you
  5. Look to Jesus, who wears the crown and holds the scepter

JESUS BRINGS JOY (pt.3): Luke 1:46-55

OUTLINE

I. Magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him because in Christ, He has looked upon your low estate (v. 48a)

II. Magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him because in Christ, you are blessed (v. 48b)

III. Magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him because in Christ, the Mighty God has done great things for you (v. 49a)

IV. Magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him because in Christ, the thrice holy God is your benefactor (v. 49b)

V. Magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him because in Christ, God promises you never-ending mercy (v. 50)

VI. Magnify the Lord & rejoice in Him because in Christ, God has strongly brought down the proud & elevated the lowly (vv. 51-52) 

VII. Magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him because in Christ, God has fed your empty belly with the Bread of Heaven (v. 53) 

VIII. Magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him because in Christ, you are the offspring of Abraham, receiving mercy forever (v. 54) 

JESUS BRINGS JOY (pt.2): Luke 1:75-79

OUTLINE

VIII. We must praise the Lord because Christ saves to worship Him in holiness & righteousness (v.75)

IX. We must praise the Lord because Christ had prophets such as John prepare His ways (v.76)

X. We must praise the Lord because Christ brings salvation to His people (v.77a)

XI. We must praise the Lord because Christ brings forgiveness of His peoples’ sins (v.77b)

XII. We must praise the Lord because Christ is the culmination of the tender mercy of our God (v.78a)

XIII. We must praise the Lord because Christ is the sunrise that has visited us from on high (v.78b)

XIV. We must praise the Lord because Christ guides our feet into the way of peace (v.79b)

JESUS BRINGS JOY (pt.1): Luke 1:68-74

OUTLINE

I. We must praise the Lord because Christ has visited and redeemed His people (v. 68b)

II. We must praise the Lord because Christ is the horn of salvation for us (v. 69a)

III. We must praise the Lord because Christ is the promised forever-king (vv. 69b-70)

IV. We must praise the Lord because Christ saves us from our enemies and all who hate us (v. 71)

V. We must praise the Lord because Christ shows promised mercy to tired saints (v.72a)

VI. We must praise the Lord because Christ seals the holy covenant by shedding His blood (vv. 72b-73a)

VII. We must praise the Lord because Christ delivered us to worship Him without fear (vv.73b-74)

JESUS BRINGS JOY: Advent 2020

  1. JESUS BRINGS JOY (pt 1): Luke 1:68-74
  2. JESUS BRINGS JOY (pt 2)

YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS: Philippians 4:13 (pt 2)

OUTLINE

  1. Apart from being united to Christ by faith and strengthened by Him, YOU CANNOT BEAR GOOD FRUIT.
  2. Apart from being united to Christ by faith and strengthened by Him, YOU CANNOT PLEASE GOD.
  3. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT LOVE GOD.
  4. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.
  5. Apart from being united to Christ by faith and strengthened by Him, YOU CANNOT GLORIFY GOD.
  6. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT ENJOY GOD.
  7. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT WORSHIP GOD.
  8. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT STAND FIRM IN SUFFERING.
  9. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT STAND FIRM FOR THE TRUTH.
  10. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT BE CONTENT WITH GOD’S PROVIDENCE.
  11. Apart from being united to Christ by faith and strengthened by Him, YOU CANNOT LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE.
  12. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT BE FREE FROM SIN.
  13. Apart from being united to Christ by faith and strengthened by Him, YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING BUT SIN.
  14. Apart from Christ, YOU CANNOT FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION.
  15. Apart from being united to Christ by faith & strengthened by Him, YOUR VERY MEMORY WILL BE SOUR.
  16. Apart from being united to Christ by faith & strengthened by Him, YOU CANNOT SURVIVE THE JUDGEMENT.

YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS: Philippians 4:13 (pt 1)

OUTLINE

I. PHIL. 4:13 DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS THROUGH CHRIST (Phil. 4:10-12)

II. PHIL. 4:13 MEANS YOU CAN BE CONTENT NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE—YOU CAN FACE ALL THINGS WITH HAPPINESS AS YOU GLORIFY GOD

III. APART FROM CHRIST YOU CAN DO NO GOOD THING (Jn. 15:5)

IV. IN CHRIST YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS GOOD (Phil. 4:13)

DISCUSSION

1. According to verse 13, what is “the secret of facing” all the things mentioned in verse 12? What exactly does Paul mean? What does he not mean?