Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Center City Congregation

1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

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

We close Philippians with a topic that's permeated the letter: Rejoicing. While ample reasons to do so have already been given, how can we rejoice when in both need and abundance? This passage directs us to God's provision in Christ as the answer.

Resources:

Philippians 4:10-23

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

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs

Paul encourages us to think about and practice that which is good, which is ultimately found in Jesus.

Resources:

Philippians 4:8-9
Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur

The people we imitate determine the direction of our lives. In this passage, Paul urges the Philippians to carefully imitate the lifestyle of those who press on toward Christ and the resurrection.

Resources:

Philippians 3:17-21
NIGTC by Peter O’Brien

Paul calls the Philippians to walk the path of rejoicing in the Lord by counting their gain as loss so that they can gain the infinitely valuable Christ.

Resources:

Philippians 3:1-16
NIGC by Peter O’brien
http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/treasuring-christ-together-because-he-is-more-valuable-than-all-else

Sometimes we learn best when we have concrete examples. Throughout Philippians, Paul has been exhorting the Philippians to adopt Christ's attitude toward one another. In Philippians 2:19-30, Paul provides Timothy and Epaphroditus as concrete examples of what it looks like to adopt the very attitude of Christ.

Resources:

Philippians 2:19-30
NIGC by Peter O’brien

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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..."

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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
Biblearc.com
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.

Resources:

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

Much of our mental energy as humans is expended on worry. How do you get rid of it? Clearing your mind won't do; you need to replace your worrisome thoughts with something else. If you want peace, focus on the good.

Resources:

Philippians 4:8-9

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

Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper (Lecture 4: Art)

Given the incredible riches we have in Jesus, one response is appropriate: Stand firm. Don't go anywhere else, whatever the temptations may be! Here we see 4 aspects of standing firm, culminating in true peace.

Resources:

Philippians 4:1-7

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

A Praying Life, Paul Miller

Who we watch in life goes along to determining the direction we take in life, the kind of people we become. Is your life heading in the right direction? In this passage we see the only direction to lasting glory is toward Christ, so we must imitate those who are running toward him.

Resources:

Philippians 3:17-21

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

Why We Love the Church, Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck

In the book of Philippians, we're told over and over again to rejoice, because it is safe to do so in any situation, and because there are so many enemies to it. Here we address a big one head on: The "legal spirit," where I do what I do in order to gain favor with God (or someone else).

Resources:

Philippians 3:1-16

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

The Whole Christ, Sinclair Ferguson

 

We imitate those we honor, so it's vitally important that we honor those whose examples lead to our flourishing and not our decay. In this passage, we'll see the qualities of those worthy of honor: Those who honor Jesus, the Master who became a slave for his subjects.

Resources:

Philippians 2:19-30

The Steward Leader, Timothy Keller

Books on Church History, John Piper

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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?

Resources:

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.

Resources:

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.

Resources:

Philippians 1:1-2