To Live Is Christ
Whether By Life or By Death
We’ve come to a passage, and specifically a verse, that is one of the more popular in Scripture: Philippians 1:21. It is often quoted, printed on coffee mugs and wall art, and sung in songs. But as we’ve become accustomed to, it’s best to examine verses carefully to have a deeper and more accurate understanding […]
Our Motives in Ministry
If accepting Christ and living for Him meant these things for us, would we still do it? Would we ‘sign up’ to follow Christ if it meant walking away from everything? This is the life Paul lived, and countless more of our brothers and sisters in Christ have experienced both in the past and across the world today.
Courage To Speak the Word of God
Each of us should carefully consider our heart and motives in ministry work. Are we in ministry to be in the spotlight, gain notoriety, or even become wealthy? Or is our attitude one of a true servant of Christ and His gospel, which is humble, giving, and unpretentious?
Approve What Is Excellent
Witnessing a fellow Christian joyfully endure suffering for the cause of Christ can be an opportunity for us to grow in faith, to see God’s sustaining power, and give us more resolve to proclaim the gospel in the face of opposition.
The Joy of Being Thankful
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the […]
He Who Began a Good Work In You
Coming into Thanksgiving, we enter the ‘holiday season’ where there is an intentional emphasis on joy, happiness, and family. But as we all know, this season can also be stressful, overwhelming, and even lonely. This often stems from the secular expectations the world puts on us or that our fulfillment is coming from the wrong […]
Grace To You
We can have full confidence that God is perfecting His good work in us and will continue to do so until we are raised in glory to be forever with the Lord.
Bondservants of Christ
Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:1-2 After affirming his place as a bondservant (or slave) of Christ, which we learned is closely […]
Intro to Philippians
Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:1-2 Opening chapter one of Philippians, we are blessed with a very familiar greeting from the Apostle […]
Before we get started expositing Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, it’s good practice to take a quick look at the setting and recipients of the letter so we have a clearer understanding of its context and purpose. The city of Philippi was located in ancient Greece (aka Macedonia) and was under the rule of the […]