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  • We Fall Down
  • Holy Holy Holy
  • I Stand In Awe
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    Last Sunday was the international day of prayer for the persecuted church. Christians were asked to pray specifically for our Christian Brothers and Sisters suffering under persecution for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Today, our text is from the book of Philippians Chapter 1. Philippians is found in the New Testament on page ____ of the worship Bibles.
    The book of Philippians, is a letter the apostle Paul wrote from prison. He was imprisoned for the preaching the Gospel, and he wrote this letter to the church at Philippi, who was experiencing extreme persecution.
    It is hard for us to understand the full impact of these words, because we do not experience that type of persecution here in the United States right now.
    The Bible tells us that when you are a follower of Christ you can expect that there will be trials of many kinds.
    1 Peter 4:12–13 NIV
    12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
    Here in Faribault in 2019, our trials may be different. We may not face the fierce persecution that the church at Philippi faced, or that some of our Christian brothers and sisters face.
    However, there are none-the-less. Difficulties and trials. The Gospel brings opposition, and struggles. We can face trouble at work, trouble in our relationships, even trouble within our own church communities.
    In order to better be able to stand up to those trials, Paul has some words for us.
    Let’s start with a fly-over of Chapter 1.
    Philippians 1:1–2 NIV
    1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    This is written to those who have believed the Gospel. To those who by faith are justified in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. This is written to believers.
    Not everything is written to believers, right? John’s Gospel for instance is written-so that you may believe, as are the other Gospels. But this is addressed specifically to those who believe.
    This is important because if you are not a believer, you will not understand what Paul is getting at here. What Paul is going to say is not going to make much sense to you, you cannot do it, you cannot see how someone else can do it, it will be against your view of the world.
    I want to take you back to last week for a minute with Zacchaeus. We talked about a transformation that he had. Right he gave away his wealth, and he repaid those he cheated MORE. If you are not transformed this looks like nonsense. He has not even checked Jesus out? He has not investigated Jesus fully how could he just jump into this new life? Unless your transformed by the gospel you can’t understand. ANd indeed this is what we saw in the crowd right? How could Jesus spend time eating with sinners? Unless your transformed it makes no sense.
    Nor will this.
    Philippians 1:3–5 NIV
    3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
    He is praying for this group, because they are partnered together in the gospel. There is this sense of linked together almost chained together for this common purpose. Paul’s fight is Paul’s fight, and it is his prison bars, and even thought they are separated....It is the same mission-one mission-one purpose-one goal-the gospel! Snatching souls from the very pit of hell literally.
    How do they face persecution?
    1. A Mission-The Gospel.
    A common goal that is far bigger then their small lives. The church needs something bigger than themselves. Pulling souls from the pit of hell, is worth far more than your temporal life. Why would that be true? Because as a believer we have a hope- a sure and certain hope of eternal life!
    If you are not in a place where you fully believe that the gospel is really and truly the only way people can escape eternal damnation, this mission or common goal is not going to have any substance. If you are thinking that there is another way to eternal life, or that the being a good person gets you into heaven you will not partner with the Gospel in the middle of diffiuclt persecution.
    Titus 1:2 NIV
    2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
    How can a church face outside pressures and survive? A vision and mission bigger than themself.
    But with this vision, if this vision is solely on their shoulders, the outside pressure will eventually weaken them, and discourage them. Paul is in prison. But…if the mission’s success does not depend on them, but instead is depenedant on Christ, the the power is not thier own.
    The power is the power that raised Christ from the dead! The power that won victory over death.
    Philippians 1:6 NIV
    6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
    They face persecution with Assurance that Christ will accomplish the goal he sets out to complete. If it is up to us to complete the mission we are a sorry lot to place our hope in.
    But with assurance in the one that holds the universe in His hand, we can be sure that the common goal-the gospel will be reached.
    How do we face persecution?
    2. Assurance in Christ
    What is the next item needed to face extreme persecution?
    3. Love one another
    Philippians 1:7–10 NIV
    7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
    Love-for another. As the outside presses in as things get difficult, the last thing the church needs is to disagree among themselves.
    Imagine authorities knocking on the door and leading people away for torture and jail. The church cannot afford to be mad at one another, or to bicker or argue, they are going to need to love with a selfless love. They may torture you until you give up the names of the other church members. If that happens.
    While being persecuted you may face discouragement. In order to overcome discouragement you will need to know.
    4. God is in control
    Philippians 1:12–14 NIV
    12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
    Sometimes, what we view as setbacks are actually victories in the grand scheme of things. We may see defeat, for Paul and the church at Philippi his imprisonment for the gospel looked like a setback, like the mission was no longer going forward. That singular mission of spreading the gospel.
    Yet, Paul being in jail actually ADVANCED the gospel. Remember God will see it through to completion in Christ Jesus, his being in jail is actually part of the Lord’s plan, and it is actually causing the mission to go forward.
    Perhaps the people in the church were thinking oh no this awful. Satan has Paul in jail. Satan is having a field day we too will soon be locked up.
    look at verse 14 again. “And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.”
    Then Paul goes on with this explaining that things are not as they seem. It appears there are some preachers out there without pure motives.
    Philippians 1:15 NIV
    15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
    If you were in the Wednesday night class you will recognize this as we looked at prosperity preachers, While there are those looking to advance their own cause some are motivated by pure motives.
    Philippians 1:16–18 NIV
    16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
    But even in that-Paul is saying that in that Christ is still preached, the gospel is still going forward. God is still in Control.
    EVen when what we see seems to be contrary it is still under the control of God. Look at Geneis
    Genesis 50:20 NIV
    20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
    or
    Romans 8:28 NIV
    28 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.
    Then it is important for the Church to have a heavenly goal. Everything we do must have the end goal of eternity in mind.
    5. A Heavenly Goal
    Philippians 1:19–26 NIV
    19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
    When we realize that our life here is temporary, what happens is short term in reference to the bigger picture of eternity the defeats the discouragements the struggles become small and we are able to overcome and push on.
    Wekeep one foot in this world and another foot heaven pushinfg on through the difficulties because we know that this world is not our own. Knowing that the pain and sorrow and suffering of this world, the struggles FOR THE GOSPEL, are all worth it, because these sufferings are small and moentary comapred with the glory that will be revealed,
    1 Corinthians 4:17–18 NIV
    17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
    The persecuted Church is expanding. Rapidly. The church in some of the most heavily persecuted countries is exploding.
    Some churches in America where we have freedom to worship and no fear of persecution are declining.
    People always ask why?
    When Paul wrote to the persecuted Church in Philippi, he was trying to get this message across for them to survive the persecutiuon. WHen the church is under outside pressure they have no choice but to pout these things into practice. These things are not rqadical, these things are what Churches and Christians are supposed to do.
    When Churches are not under this pressure they seem to lose the focus on those items.
    The Mission-The Gospel
    The Assurance in Christ.
    Love for one another
    God is in Control
    Heavenly Goal.
    Think about it.
    Some churches have strayed from a single mission. They are side-tracked and involved with many other things. Politics and social causes. They may not believe that the gospel is the only way the mission is floundering or lacking purpose. illenials are leaving Churches in large numbers, yet at the same time there is longing to be part of something bigger than themselves.
    They long to be part of a life-changing mission. Think abut how involved they are in political issues. The Church has not effectively defined their mission clearly and communicated to the world that this Gospel is something bigger than us. It is EXTREMeLY relevant, It DOES CHANGE THE WORLD.
    Next, Churches operate as if the assurance is up to them to deliver. God Changes people, not self help groups. It isn’t up to people to work harder at being good on the outside, It is to trust that Jesus will change you on the inside. I can go anywhere for 4 tips on how to revive a dead marriage. I can only come to Church to ask Jesus to change my life.
    People are starvivng for community. Authentic genuine love. Not a facebook catch up on life for 10 minutes How are you, I’m good been busy-see you later. The authentic love of 1 Cor 13.
    The New International Version Chapter 13

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    8 Love never fails

    That was written to the Church but used at weddings.
    The Church today effectively operates as if God is not in control. They do not look at the setbacks as opportunites to spread the gospel, and further the mission. There is an us verses them mentality. WHen there are setbacks the church fails to look for new opporuties to continue the mission.
    Lastlly, in churches today the goal is centered on this life. WHat am I going to do for this life for my stuff for me. Thatis out there but what about now?
    If Churches even Churches not under persecution would forward in this fasion, they would be assured they would be pleasing God.
    Imagine If when you were signing up for Chruch or were being baptized you were assuming that you were could die or go to jail, you would not do it, unless you were an authentic Christian.
    Then the next verse seems to sum up what an Authentic Church looks like
    Philippians 1:27 NIV
    27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel
    The bottom line is what you believe, or what what you say you believe--better be authentic.
    Your faith needs to be so incorporated in your life that you conduct yourselves in manner that is worthy of the Gospel. WOrtthy of the death of the SOn of man who suffered the wrath of God, and died and rose again so that we can have eternal life. We are to live in a manner worthy of the gospel-Whay does that look like? Let’s watch this video.
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    Now, this may seem strange. Joining a Church knowing that you may die for it. Even from jail following through on a mission to spread the gospel the very thing you put in jail for.
    It may seem strange to you to believe that God is in control even when there are people going to jail.
    The Gospel so transforms you that that by the power of Christ you are able to do these things, ANd not only that but to thrive, anf rejoice. It seems strange becasue you have been seperated from God by your sin. You have not seen Jesus as he truly is the loving dsacrifice for your sins to bring you into relationship with Him. But you can but it strats with humility, realizing that you cannot do it, that you are a sinner, and that you need Jesus to save you. Then you sincerely ask Him to forgive you and tell Him that you want to follow Him, and that you will follow him no matter what what happens, unto death if necessary. You can do that today, through prayer today.
      • 1 Peter 4:12–13NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:1–2NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:3–5NIV2011

      • Titus 1:2NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:6NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:7–10NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:12–14NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:15NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:16–18NIV2011

      • Genesis 50:20NIV2011

      • Romans 8:28NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:19–26NIV2011

      • 2 Corinthians 4:17–18NIV2011

      • Philippians 1:27NIV2011

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