Philippians 3:1-11 Loose to Gain

He is SO worth the price!

Paul makes sure to include this warning in all of his letters to the churches. “To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you” (verse 1). He makes sure EVERY church gets this message. That message is salvation through grace and not works.

There are those out there that are preying on the young believers. They are convincing them that they need to convert to Judaism and follow the Old Testament laws to be saved. Paul shouts NO to this! He makes sure that every church he works with gets this information, even if it is a repeat. Read more »

Philippians 2:19-30 Praise and Prayer Report

God knows which ones to send and at what time.

Paul pauses to do a little housekeeping and give a praise report. He shares his heart concerning two men that are precious to both him and this congregation.

Timothy is someone very near to Paul’s heart. He is like a son to him. His is his spiritual son but Paul feels an even closer bond to him. This bond was forged through trials and commitment. Timothy was willing to do whatever he could to help Paul. He was a faithful servant, an eager student, and a devoted brother in Christ. Paul was very blessed by Timothy. I believe God sent him as a comfort for all he was to go through.

God sends us friends. “Three types of friends: friends for a season, friends for a reason, and friends for a lifetime.” I don’t know who wrote this but it is so true. I believe Timothy was certainly in the last category and fit the other two also. We know Timothy didn’t remain at Paul’s side for the rest of his life but his heart was always with him. Paul encouraged Timothy as a young minister and held him up in prayer all the time. Read more »

Philippians 2:12-18 A Light to the Lost

You may be the first “Bible’ someone reads. Pray your “words” inspire them to  meet the “Author”

Paul is encouraging his readers today to continue growing in the Lord. They are to be a light to the lost world.

The Philippian church has been very faithful all along. Paul is not writing a letter of reprimand but one of encouragement. They are known for their obedience to the word and Paul’s teaching. He asks them to continue this practice and even step it up a bit. He is proud of them and their faith even in his absence. Read more »

Philippians 2:1-11 A Servant Like Him

We are like Him when we serve in love

Paul is encouraging the Philippian brothers to be Christ like in their service to others. Serving not out of ulterior motives but in sincere love.

I have a confession to make here. I have served out of selfish reasons at times. Those reasons were usually to be noticed by others and commended for my “fine service.” That’s not love. Yes, it is nice to be appreciated for your work but that isn’t to be the motivation.

Paul uses Jesus’ example of service for a benchmark for his readers. There is NO WAY we will ever live up to that standard but striving for it is what makes us more like Him every day. Read more »

Philippians 1:19-30 Ready Regardless of Outcome

“To live is Christ, to die is gain”

Paul conveys his conviction and prayer while in chains. He is dedicated to stand for Jesus, no matter what the outcome. He is leaving that in God’s hands.

Paul’s fate is uncertain. He has been in chains for a LONG time. He was taken in Jerusalem when he went into the temple after delivering gifts to the saints there. He was sent to Caesarea to thwart a plot on his life. He appealed to Caesar when the Jews tried to kill him there. He was then sent Rome to stand before Caesar, along with being shipwrecked in the process. At the time of his writing this letter he had been imprisoned in one form or another for about 6 years. He was renting a house at this time and being guarded there, but he was still a prisoner and under guard. And he had no idea how much longer this situation was going to go on. Read more »