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Philippians 4:1-23, Richard McDonald, July 29, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Concentrating on v6-7
  • Anxiety statistics
    • We have all experienced anxiety at some time
    • It can be all controlling/consuming
  • These words are very encouraging

Come in Thanksgiving

  • Bring everything to God in prayer
    • Everything!
    • We all worry, we can all be anxious
    • Bring your worries to God in prayer with thanksgiving
  • How can I come to God with thanksgiving in anxiety or a hard situation?
    • We are not thanking God for the situation
    • Give thanks that we can come to God with our anxieties
    • Give thanks for our relationship with God (which is undeserved)
    • Give thanks for the cost of our salvation
    • Give thanks for our standing before God
  • Our basic fundamental position should be to give God thanksgiving
    • We owe Him everything
    • Thanksgiving is the only proper context in which we can come to God and make petitions
      • God does not need us, but we (desperately) need God
    • Saying thank you and meaning it
    • A true acknowledgment of all that God has done for us

The Protection of hearts and minds

  • God will give us His Peace
  • The Protection of God
    • Example of bodyguards, castles, guards
    • The more we are resting in God, the more the peace of God reigns in our lives
    • Paul is writing these words when he is under threat of execution - yet he was joyful and had peace
    • The peace of God does not change the situation but enables us to cope with the situation
  • The peace of God surpasses all understanding
    • It transcends our human way of understanding the world
    • We can have peace in God but we have peace with God
      • Rom 5:1
    • We learn more and more about God
    • We must completely trust in God, all the time
    • We need Him in all things

In Christ Jesus

  • This is only possible in the Lord Jesus Christ
    • This reality should not be complacent in our lives
  • These three words come at the end but hold much significance
    • You cannot approach God unless you are in Christ Jesus
    • Let us understand what Christ did - explanation
      • Loved with a pure love
      • Imputed righteousness
      • Full assurance
    • The gospel to all
  • We can bring all our problems in Christ to God
    • This should bring thanksgiving
    • Christ knows what anxiety and pressure is:
      • Luke 22:41-44
      • Heb 4:14-16
    • Christ did everything and we gained everything
    • It is all about God

Closing Remarks

Sermon Passage:

Philippians 4:1-23

1Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 2I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. 4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. 15Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. 23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (KJV)

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