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The Word - Week 2

The Word

Speaker: Antonio Rael
Date: July 10, 2016

We speak and hear potentially thousands of words each and every day. Some are more meaningful than others. We know that some words have the power to set us free from our fears, the ability to replace lies with truth and empower us to live transformed. Now imagine the God of the universe speaking directly to you. Imagine the impact that would make on your life right now! Fortunately for us, God has spoken, and His words are recorded for us in the Bible. But God didn't stop there, he actually came and walked among us! The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Join us this summer as we discover from God's Word that it all points to Jesus, the Living Word and the power that Word has to change our lives. The Word: July 3rd - August 7th

Philippians 1:12-18

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

Big Idea: Today is perfectly created to advance the Gospel.

Philippians 1:12

“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happen to me has really served to advance the gospel.”

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 1:15-18

Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

Philippians 4:10-13

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

My contentment can only be found in my God.

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Isaiah 55:9

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Philippians 4:4-13

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:4-13 “Big Ideas”

1) Celebrate God! (4:4)

2) Worry about nothing - Pray about everything (4:6)

Praying and not reading the Bible is like talking to God and not listening

3) Focus on the good (4:8)

4) Trust God (4:10-12)

Teaching Points Summary: (Walkaways)

To best understand God’s works, you often can’t look at what He is doing but what He has done.

Contentment is not about your circumstances ­ it’s about your God

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