During the month of October we will be preaching a four-week series from the book of Philippians. This letter from the Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi was written as Paul suffered terribly in a dark, filthy, and disease-infested prison. He is housed there because of his insistence on preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even in the most hostile of places. His profound faith, even in the midst of persecution is a testament to his passionate love for Jesus Christ.
What makes Philippians so extraordinary is Paul’s deep desire to encourage fellow Christians despite his own intense suffering. He offers support, encouragement, and instruction. He expects the readers of this epistle to imitate Christ, never quit on the Lord, and to practice daily what they have been taught in order to spread the Gospel, not only with words, but by their way of living as well. Paul believed the Christian community we call the Church had the obligation to not only bring in new converts, but to empower and encourage those who already claimed Christ as Lord.
I am always fascinated with people who are willing to risk everything, including their own lives, for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul would endure great hardship over the course of many years to make sure fellow Christians did their part in living for Jesus, as well in offering Christ to the world. He was one whose words transcend generations and still have as much power today as they did twenty centuries ago.
Paul has been called a chauvinist, an egotist, and other disparaging names. I don’t believe he was any of that. I am convinced he was doing his part in the culture and time in which he lived to make sure the Church was pure and new Christians were as motivated as he was to live for Christ.
We will journey with a man named Paul, who lived and suffered for the sake of Jesus Christ and His message of grace. Philippians is a letter that can alter one’s life if applied daily. Let’s do it together.
I want to encourage you to make a special effort to attend one of our four worship services each Sunday in October on our main campus for this new sermon series.
-Dr. John Robbins