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   Four Thieves Who Would Steal Your Joy
   Philippians
Sunday Morning Service,  September 25, 2016
 
The Apostle Paul has a lot to say about joy and rejoicing in the book of Philippians. However, he also acknowledges that there are four thieves that will steal our joy if we are not careful and watchful.

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   Walk as Citizens of Heaven
   Philippians 3:17-21
Sunday School,  June 19, 2016
 
Did you know you aren't from around here? You are a citizen – of heaven. The Apostle Paul explores this truth in this text of Scripture from Philippians 3.

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   Contentment
   Philippians 4:10-13
Sunday Morning Service,  July 5, 2015
 
In the book of Philippians Paul challenges the believers at Philippi toward Christian maturity. At the end of the book, as he thanks them for a gift that they had given to him, he reminds them of one more Christian virtue, contentment. He challenges them to not focus on their circumstances but to depend upon Christ in every area of life and in him find contentment.

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   A Colony of Heaven
   Philippians 3:20-21
Sunday Morning Service,  October 13, 2013
 
As Christians, we possess a dual citizenship. We are citizens of the United States of America and citizens of heaven.  Our heavenly citizenship is dependent on our relationship to Jesus Christ. Our homeland is wherever Christ is since we are united to Him (Ephesians 2:6).  While our physical position is here on earth, our spiritual position is in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  As long as we maintain our earthly citizenship, we remain absent from the Lord.  Until that time, we are a colony of heaven living on earth.

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   God's Continuing Work in the Believer - Part 2
   Philippians 1:3-8
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 26, 2013
Paul’s prayer is the subject of Philippians 1:3-11. In this passage, Paul’s care for the saints at Philippi is pictured intellectually, volitionally and emotionally. Fellowship would be the key word resulting from God’s good work performed in the life of the believer Justification, sanctification and glorification. This perfect work will be fulfilled to its completion (Philippians 1:6). Therefore it is linked with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His saints, at which time our vile bodies will be fashioned like unto the glorified body of our Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:21).

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   God's Continuing Work in the Believer – Part 1
   Philippians 1:6
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 19, 2013
The continuing work of God in the believers at Philippi was a source of joy to the Apostle Paul. It was the evidence of genuine faith in Christ. He was confident that the work God started in them (justification) would continue (sanctification) right up until the day of Jesus Christ (glorification). The work of justification is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8, 9) what God does FOR us. The work of sanctification is what God does IN us as we grow in our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:10). Philippians 1:6 is our key text for this study providing the assurance that what God starts, He will finish. We will look at a number of different texts to support the security of the genuine believer.

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   Paul's Prayer for the Believers at Philippi
   Philippians 1:3-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 5, 2013
Prayer is the source of strength and power in the church and in the lives of every Christian. More is accomplished by prayer than the world has ever dreamed. The power that Paul had for ministry was largely due to his praying and the prayers of the saints in the various churches that he was used to establish. His pryaer for the saints at Philippi provides a good example of how Christians ought to pray for one another. Paul prayed that their love would abound for one another, for spiritual discernment, for sincerity and holiness of life.

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   Themes in the Epistle of Philippians
   Philippians 1:2
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 29, 2013
In this session, we will look at the theme of the book of Philippians and then consider Paul’s greeting in Philippians 1:2. The theme for the Book of Philippians is THE MIND OF CHRIST. An alternate theme would be THE JOY OF THE LORD. Experiencing the joy of the Lord is dependent on having the mind of Christ. The theme verse is Philippians 2:5: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Paul’s greeting is comprised of the words GRACE and PEACE. God’s grace is essential if the believer is to experience God’s peace and the joy of the Lord.

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   The Letter to the Saints at Philippi
   Philippians 1:1
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 22, 2013
This introductory session in the letter to the saints at Philippi provides the addressor and the addressees. The believers at Philippi, as were Paul and Timothy, were known for their position in Christ and their allegiance to Christ, as Saints and Servants. As saints, we have been given a place of honor. As servants we declare our loyalty to Christ. Only God can take sinners and turn them into saints. The saints at Philippi were organized into a well-established church with pastors and deacons. The church was formed during Paul’s second missionary journey (52 BC) while the letter is written about ten years later.

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   The Apostle Paul in the Epistle of Second Corinthians
   1 Corinthians 16:8-9; 2 Corinthians 1:3-11; Philippians 3:5,6, 12; 2 Corinthians 2:1-9
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 15, 2013
The Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle of Philippians from prison about AD 61-63. He never rebelled at God and saw his circumstances as part of God’s providence in his life. In order to better understand this man of God, most of our time in this session will be spent in the Epistle of II Corinthians, The Book of a Pastor’s Heart. Paul’s personality and life’s purposes are clearly revealed in the midst of a number of problems he faced in taking the Gospel to a number of different towns and cities. He was regularly attacked by a number of different groups his own countrymen, the Roman government, pagan religious leaders and fellow believers.

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   The Political Background
   Philippians 1:12-18, 27; 3:20; Acts 16; 21:27-33; 1 Thessalonians 1:8, 9
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 8, 2013
Philippi was a Roman colony on a main highway called the Egnatian Way. It was a chief city of Macedonia (Acts 16:12). The citizens of Philippi were primarily pagan worshippers. The first converts who made up the first church were faced with incredible persecution. The early believers were growing so fast that they were accused of turning their world upside down. Both political leaders and religious leaders fearing the Christians opposed them at every opportunity. In spite of the opposition, a well organized church was established in Philippi.

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   Anxiety: The Believer’s Oxymoron
   Philippians 4:4-19; Matthew 6:25-34
Wednesday Evening Service,  January 16, 2013
We live in a nation riddled with anxiety. There are a number of different psychological problems related to what is referred to as Anxiety Disorders. They include: headaches, back aches, high blood pressure, stress, fear, depression, panic attacks, apprehension, tension, pressure, restlessness and worry. At a chronic level, anxiety can trigger headaches, sweating, muscle spasms, palpitations of the heart, hypertension, fatigue and a number of other physical problems. God’s people are commanded not to be anxious (Philippians 4:6). His Word has provided everything we need to accomplish this command (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 4:6, 7; Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:26-30).

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   Cleansing the Conscience
   1 Timothy 1:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:30-31; 1 John 1:9; Philippians 4:8; Psalm 119:11
Wednesday Evening Service,  October 31, 2012
Once a person is given over to an evil conscience, can he again be turned back to having a good conscience? That is the question before us in this session. It can be done but few individuals accomplish it because the one with the evil conscience must truly want his conscience cleansed. An unsaved person can have his conscience cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ by faith in Christ (Hebrews 9:14; 10:22; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8-9). A backslidden believer must repent of his sin and totally yield his life to the control of the Holy Spirit of God who indwells him if he is truly born again (Ephesians 5:18; John 16:13). The Spirit of God will guide the believer into the truths of God’s Word. It is the Word of God that cleanses the person’s evil conscience (Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5).

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   Overflowing Love
   Philippians 1:9-11
Sunday Morning Service,  August 19, 2012
 
We have many choices and paths that present themselves to us on a regular basis. Paul shows us that our primary need in order to make right decisions is an overflowing love for God, His kingdom, and others.

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   The Exaltation of Christ
   Philippians 2:9-11
Sunday Morning Service,  September 4, 2011
 
The passage moves from Christ’s incarnation to His exaltation – the greatest stoop in history, from the highest pinnacle of the universe, to the lowest point on earth – the death of the cross. Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted Him. God the Father was satisfied with His work on Calvary’s Cross. God not only raised Him from the dead, He set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and hath put all things under His feet and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body. In Heaven Jesus was crowned with glory and honor.

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   The Humiliation of Christ
   Philippians 2:6-8
Sunday Morning Service,  September 4, 2011
 
Christ's incarnation is a great example of Christian humility in three ways. We look at this glorious text this morning as we gather around the table.

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   The Doxological Life
   Philippians 1:3-11
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 12, 2011
 
Though "living to the glory of God" has sunk into nearly cliche status among Christians, Paul considered it absolute necessary and had specific ideas about how believers might do so. This message develops from the first chapter of Philippians four “steps” (for lack of a better term) for living for the glory of God.

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   Who Is Jesus Christ?
   Matthew 16:13-15; Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 1:1-3, 8
Sunday School,  May 22, 2011
Jesus asked, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" Many people have no clue as to the answer of Christ's question because they choose to answer it apart from the only source that reveals the answer - God's Holy Word. There are also a number of different answers by men who were seeking to answer that question, seriously looking for truth. The orthodox answer is that Jesus is one Person. He has a complete human nature and a complete divine nature and yet these two natures can never be mixed, confused, divided, or separated. Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man.

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   The Offering as an Act of Worship
   Philippians 4
Sunday School,  July 11, 2010
This lesson demonstrates that there is a New Testament pattern for giving in assemblies, and it is proper both to give to those believers who have financial needs inside and outside the assembly and to support those who labor in gospel ministry. We also saw the theological reasons for giving, because Jesus Christ is Lord (and Lord of our checkbook), because Christ himself is an unspeakable gift, because God delights in generous Christians, and because God uses generous giving to work graciously in others.

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   Heavenly Citizens and Their Difficulties
   Philippians 4:4-7
Sunday Morning Service,  May 30, 2010
 
Stemming from the heavenly citizenship Paul speaks of in Philippians 3:20 and the admonishment to stand fast in the Lord in 4:1, the inspired Word of God in Philippians 4:4-7 provides three ways Christians stand fast in the faith amidst life’s difficulties.

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   Following Our Examples
   Philippians 3:17
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 12, 2010
When you begin to study the history of the church, there is in some a tendency to wonder why. The New Testament alone is our authority for faith and practice. We don’t want the apostolic fathers to be our authority, and they should not be so. These were men like you and me; they made mistakes and said foolish things, just like you and me. But I believe that we have a compelling reason to spend a season looking at their lives and writings. One such reason is found in Philippians 3:17.

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   Trials in the Midst of Rejoicing - Part 2
   Philippians 4:6-7
Sunday Morning Service,  December 6, 2009
 
We have seen that in Philippians 2:14-18, Paul urges the church not to ‘grumble’ but rather to ‘rejoice.’ In 4:6-7, however, Paul tells them how rejoicing believers respond when trials come. As we unpack this familiar text, we note that Paul gives instruction followed by a promise.

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   Trials in the Midst of Rejoicing - Part 1
   Philippians 4:6-7
Sunday Morning Service,  November 29, 2009
 
Last week we saw that in Philippians 2:14-18, Paul urges the church not to ‘grumble’ but rather to ‘rejoice.’ In 4:6-7, however, Paul tells them how rejoicing believers respond when trials come. As we unpack this familiar text, we note that Paul gives instruction followed by a promise.

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   The Resonance of Rejoicing
   Philippians 2:14-18
Sunday Morning Service,  November 22, 2009
 
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul often rejoices and encourages others to rejoice. In this text, we see that rejoicing is not merely one of several Christian virtues, but that it has real and visible implications for the church’s life in the Lord. Paul tells them that to stop ‘complaining’ (2:14) and to ‘rejoice’ (2:18) impacts their life lived for Christ in three crucial ways.

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   God’s Remedies for Our Anxieties
   Philippians 4:6-7
Sunday Afternoon Service,  July 13, 2008
 
Anxiety is a very serious affliction with which many Christians battle. Although the causes are many, the cures often seem impossible. What can the Christian do to calm his heart and function in life? In Philippians 4:6-7, the Apostle Paul gives us three divine remedies for anxiety. Prayer, thanksgiving, and God Himself all function to guard the believers’ heart and mind. By taking of advantage of these means of grace, every believer can experience God’s remedies for our anxieties.

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   Cultivating a Christian Worldview: The Experience of Salvation
   Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:12; Romans 13:11
Sunday School,  March 2, 2008
 
One of the key elements of the Christian worldview is the doctrine of salvation. Salvation can be approached from many angles, including its original promise in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15), its accomplishment by Christ (Phil. 2:5-11), or its reception by faith and repentance (Acts 20:21). In this lesson, Richard Winston approaches the doctrine of salvation as it is experienced by the believer in three phases: justification, sanctification, and glorification. Each phase is defined and proofs are given with Scriptures.

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   Praying What Matters Most
   Philippians 1:9-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 6, 2007
What matters most in the Christian life and how do we pray that our people will pursue those things? In this sermon, Richard Winston examines the content and purpose of Paul's prayer for the Philippians as a blueprint for our prayers as a church corporately.

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   The Believer's Heavenly Journey
   Philippians 2:12-13
Sunday Afternoon Service,  April 1, 2007
 
On the believer's journey, he should come to grips with two essential spiritual realities regarding his sanctification, and cry out with David Brainard, "When I really enjoy God I feel my desires of him the more insatiable, and my thirstings after holiness the more unquenchable; and the Lord will not allow me to feel as though I were fully supplied and satisfied, but keeps me still reaching forward. . . . Oh! For holiness!"

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   How Can We Have the Right Philosophy in Life?
   Philippians 1:20-21
Sunday School,  March 4, 2007
 


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   The Qualities of Jesus Service
   Philippians 2:8
Sunday Morning Service,  January 7, 2007
 
In order to impress upon the minds of the Philippian believers the importance of serving others in the body of Christ, Paul can think of no greater example than that of Jesus Himself. In Philippians 2:8, the text alludes to three outstanding qualities of Jesus' service on earth that we as believers should imitate as we identify with Him.

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   The Believer's Single Resolution
   Philippians 3:13-14
Sunday Evening Service,  December 31, 2006
 


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   Retaining Our Joy
   Philippians 4:4-7
Sunday Morning Service,  February 5, 2006
 
Paul encourages the Philippians to rejoice. But in a world of heartache and sorrow, even believers in Christ are tempted to lose their joy. This passage reminds us that we always have great cause for joy.

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