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April 29, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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For today, our specific focus on our journey of pulling out brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians is on 3:17-4:1. Please take a quick moment to read these verses anew.

As we look at the below insights, please keep in mind that the overall theme of this letter is the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting. That is, the truths we see in this brief letter by Paul should impact us first as we live them out among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, namely, the members of the biblical local-global church to which we belong.

From our passage today come the following insights:

  • Jesus Christ and the gospel were the center of the apostle Paul’s life; they were his identity markers. And this is what he literally commands his Philippian brothers and sisters in Christ to become like: people who are identified by their connection and allegiance to Jesus Christ and the gospel. Moreover, he commands them and all Christians to observe and think deeply with the intent to model the lifestyle of others who claim the same identity in Christ.
  • A motivating factor to living a lifestyle with Jesus and the gospel at the center is those who blatantly live contrary to this identity mark. For there are some who claim to be Christians yet rely on human effort and ingenuity to make themselves acceptable to God. These people define life according to the transitory things of this world, and they have no true eternal hope. This saddened Paul and it should sadden us as well.
  • Being identified by Jesus and the gospel gives Christians hope in this world now and in the future because Jesus will complete our salvation and make us look like Him. One day He will make us fit to dwell in His presence for all eternity. He is able to do this because He is God! The surety of this promise should strengthen us to rely on nothing else but Jesus and the gospel.

As previously stated, our roadmap through Philippians will be given in monthly entries, and our time in the letter will continue through mid-June. So, here is May’s map:

Date

Passage

May 6, 2021

4:2-3

May 13, 2021

4:4-7

May 20, 2021

4:8-9

May 27, 2021

4:10-14

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—Philippians 4:2-3. Beloved, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!