Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

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1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

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Philippians: Pressing Onward in the Gospel

Through Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, we will be encouraged to joyously make progress in living out our heavenly identity. Central to our progress, is the necessity to joyously stand firm in Christ and be united in love and purpose amidst opposition, trials and apathy. The letter is profoundly Christ-centered in that the imperative to joyously stand firm and be united is consistently build upon the indicative of the gospel. Finally, we should keep in mind that thanksgiving permeates the whole of the letter. It’s important to keep this theme in mind because it reminds us that this is primarily an admonishment to keep doing the good we are already doing more and more.

Manayunk Sermons

The gospel makes us a family who shows the world what our Heavenly Father is like.

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Philippians 2:14-18
NIGC by Peter O’brien

Work on godliness because God is working in you

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Philippians 2:12-13

 

Christians are to adopt the humility of Jesus toward one another so that at the proper time God may exalt us.

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Philippians 2:5-11

NIGC, Philippians, by Peter O’brien

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/and-all-the-earth-shall-own-him-lord

Let your union with Christ unite you with one another by forgetting yourself, remembering others and treasuring Jesus.

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Philippians 2:1-4 https://www.esv.org/Philippians+2/

New International Greek Commentary by Peter O’brien

"Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel..."

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Philippians 1:27-30

 

 

The biggest question we can ask, and the one we cannot avoid, is what is my purpose in life? Here we see we've been given a purpose by God: the honor of Christ.

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Philippians 1:21

Risk is Right, John Piper

Making Sense of God, Timothy Keller (Chapter 3 especially)

In Philippians 1:12-26 Paul provides a window into his ability to rejoice in all circumstances. Paul can rejoice in the worst of times because what is most important to him, Jesus and his gospel, can advance in all circumstances.

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Philippians 1:12-26

NIGC, Philippians, Peter O’brien

In this passage we get a glimpse through Paul's prayer into what Paul, and ultimately God, wants for us, his people. We'll see that God's ultimate desire and our ultimate joy climax in a life that results in God's praise and glory. Does God's desire match ours? How can it?

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Paul opens the body of his letter by thanking God for the Philippians because God has made them partners in the gospel and because God will complete his work in the Philippians.

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Philippians 1:3-8
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NIGTC, Philippians, Peter O’brien

The Philippians were in many ways a normal group of people; they'd experienced great joys but also faced the harder realities of life. The book of Philippians is God's word of grace and peace to these people, people who live in a world that's not the way it's supposed to be. Ultimately, it's God's words of grace and peace to us.

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Philippians 1:1-2

Philippians: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Moises Silva

The Message of Philippians: Jesus Our Joy, Alec Motyer

Center City Sermons

Christians are people who have come to know God as their father, and God now intends to use them to bring more people into his family. That said, we often struggle to explain to others why having God as Father is a joy. In this passage, we look at how God enables us to show others what He is like.

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Philippians 2:14-18

Philippians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Moises Silva

Paul has laid out a lofty ideal in chapter 2: That we be like Jesus, laying down our privileges to meet the interests of others above our own. This comes naturally to none of us, so there is work left to be done, and in this passage we see that our work is involved in that, though only made possible by God's.

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Philippians 2:12-13

You Can Change, Tim Chester

The Mortification of Sin, John Owen

The Glory of Christ, John Owen

Christians are to adopt the humility of Jesus toward one another so that at the proper time God may exalt us.

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Philippians 2:5-11

NIGC, Philippians, by Peter O’brien

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/and-all-the-earth-shall-own-him-lord

The kind of unity needed to strive together for the gospel is only possible when we forget ourselves and count others more significant. As Alec Motyer says, while that is a natural overflow of the gospel, it doesn't come naturally. How can we just forget ourselves? Union with Christ is the answer, and we'll see why in this passage.

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Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Moises Silva

The Message of Philippians: Jesus Our Joy, Alec Motyer

Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Total Church, Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

This passage begins with a command to "live as citizens"...of the gospel. To be a citizen of the gospel is to identify with the gospel community and gospel mission, even in the face of opposition. In this sermon we see how, and God's good news when it brings suffering.

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Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Moises Silva

Total Church, Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, 2005 Desiring God Conference Messages

 

The biggest question we can ask, and the one we cannot avoid, is what is my purpose in life? Here we see we've been given a purpose by God: the honor of Christ.

Resources:

Philippians 1:21

Risk is Right, John Piper

Making Sense of God, Timothy Keller (Chapter 3 especially)

How can we have joy in any situation in life? If what's most important can be advance in any situation. In this passage, we'll see Jesus and his gospel are of utmost importance, so we can rejoice.

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Philippians 1:12-26

Philippians: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Moises Silva

The Message of Philippians: Jesus Our Joy, Alec Motyer

In this passage we get a glimpse through Paul's prayer into what Paul, and ultimately God, wants for us, his people. We'll see that God's ultimate desire and our ultimate joy climax in a life that results in God's praise and glory. Does God's desire match ours? How can it?

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Philippians 1:9-11

Philippians: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Moises Silva

The Message of Philippians: Jesus Our Joy, Alec Motyer

After a greeting, we turn to a passage where thanksgiving is in view. Thanksgiving helps us see what God has given us, and directing it to God reminds us of who has given it. We'll see here that thanks is appropriate to God because he's given us gospel partnership, and is committed to finishing the good work he's begun in us.

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Philippians 1:3-8

Philippians: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Moises Silva

The Message of Philippians: Jesus Our Joy, Alec Motyer

An introduction to our new sermon series. Paul's letter to the Philippians challenges us to reimagine our identity, our culture, and our God.

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Philippians 1:1-2