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In this sermon, I preached the whole message of Philippians. We are called to be gospel workers, working for the progress of the gospel. We work with humility (ch 2), a single focus (ch 3), and with God at the center (ch 4), even when it results in persecution (ch 1).
God's peace does not exist where this is conflict. Instead, we pursue his peace through proper prayer--casting our anxieties on him and living in trust--and by meditating on his character. Then, he--the God of peace himself--is with us.
As Paul moves through his letter to the Philippians, he gives an example of "working out your own salvation" (2:12-13). It's an example of maturity. Believers are mature when they have the right focus, a focus on their heavenly citizenship that causes them to await the return of the Lord Jesus, when he will transform our lowly bodies into glorious bodies.
In Philippians 3:1-11, Paul details his gospel centered-ness. He counts every previous attachment, source of pride, identity marker, and achievement as trash for sake of knowing the surpassing worth of Jesus Christ. His ideas on spiritual growth are simple but will be followed by few: gain Christ by being found in him through faith, knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection, sharing in Christ's suffering by becoming like him in his death, and keeping totally focused on attaining the resurrection from the dead. This requires a complete re-prioritization of our lives.
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