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Summary:  Paul warns against the gravity of false teachers who have led the Galatians to turn to a false gospel.
Galatians 1:6-10
Central idea:  A Gospel that is divine, not man-made or man-taught, but revealed directly by Ch...
Galatians 1:11-2:10
Central idea : Because we have been given faith and a spirit of power, we need to feed and grow our spiritual gifts.
2 Timothy 1:3-7
Central idea : Paul the anointed apostle is writing his spiritual child Timothy a letter Paul explai...
2 Timothy 1:1-2
Central idea: Do not be ashamed to tell others about the Lord, but share in suffering by the power of God.
2 Timothy 1:8-14
Central idea : Endure suffering remembering we suffer for the sake of the Good News, and with the en...
2 Timothy 2:1-13
Central idea : Because those that are cleansed are set apart for holy use, we need to run from anyth...
2 Timothy 2:20-26
Central idea: Strive to correctly handle the truth, and while some will be led astray, God's firm foundation will stand.
2 Timothy 2:14-19
Central idea : Because there will be those that oppose the truth of God, we as Christ followers should expect persecution.
2 Timothy 3:1-13
Central idea: Preach the Word, which has the power to correct, in order to teach the truth to people...
2 Timothy 3:14-4:4
Central idea : The purpose for doing Christ's work is that our life may be a drink offering poured o...
2 Timothy 4:5-8
Central idea : Even when the faithful servant of God is left deserted, the Lord stands by them so th...
2 Timothy 4:14-18
Central idea : Paul is writing this letter to the "saints" of Philippi for the purpose of proclaimin...
Philippians 1:1-2
Central idea : By putting the Gospel at the center of our lives and recognizing that we have been pu...
Philippians 1:12-18
Central idea : Christ is the great solar-system re-orbiter; when we orbit around Him we have a ...
Philippians 1:19-26
Central idea: In order to stand firm in the Spirit, united in boldness with our Christian family, we...
Philippians 1:27-30
Central Idea: Because of our identity in Christ and our approval by His love, we are to love each ot...
Philippians 2:1-11
Central Idea : Knowing that we are God's children, fully justified and transformed, we are to work b...
Philippians 2:12-18
Central Idea: Our own deeds are nothing but detestable garbage in God's eyes, it is only because of ...
Philippians 3:1-11
Central Idea:  In contrast to the enemies of the cross who hope in a sandy foundation of earthl...
Philippians 3:17-4:1
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Philippians 1:3-11
Central Idea : The only way in which we grow in love is when God saves us and continues His work of ...
Published June 1st, 2012
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2011-12-04 12:14:17
Central Idea : The only way in which we grow in love is when God saves us and continues His work of sanctification in us so that we would share in the grace of the Gospel for His glory. Summary: This passage demonstrates Pauls strong affecting for the Philippian church, and affirms God's present and active work in their lives. Paul begins with an expression of thankfulness for the Philippian church: "I give thanks to my God [for you]", "I make my requests with joy". Then he gives us a teaser of why he is so thankful for the church in v. 5: "because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now". Following on from the last statement "from the first day until now", Paul introduces the timeless principle of the passage by explaining that Christ began a work in them on "the first day", and He is continuing to work their sanctification until it is finished when He returns. The Gospel is the biggest criticism and greatest compliment: we are such pieces of work that God had to send His Son to save us, but He loved us enough to do that. The main ground for Paul's joy over the Philippian church comes with v. 7. He gives several reasons for his affecting: "because I hold you in my heart" and "because you are partakers with me of grace". Unlike the ashamed disciples of 2 Timothy 1:8 and 1:15, the Philippian church has stood by Paul through the midst of persecution (v. 7d–e), even sending one of their own to bring him a gift and encourage him (vv. 2:25–30). The passage completes a bilateral argument with a three verse inference. First, because of his affection, he deeply loves the Philippian church "with the affection (deepest compassion) of Christ Jesus." Secondly, because of his affection, he prays that the church would grow in love, knowledge and discernment to "know what really matters" (NLT), to be pure and blameless, to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit, all for the glory of God. Notes: Paul deeply loves the church of Philippi: He's continually giving thanks for them, everytime he thinks of them actually. "Whenever I think of you, I give thanks to God for you" (v. 3) Whenever Paul prays to God, he intercedes on behalf of the church, and does it with a beaming smile on his face. "Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy" (v. 4) Paul loves the church with the affection of Christ. The Greek word for affection is splagchnon , which is literally the bowels, guts, intestines, but figuratively is the indication of either the most violent love, or the most tenderhearted compassion. "I yearn for you with the affection of Christ Jesus" (v. 8) Another indication of Pauls love for the church is his prayer for the church. He is praying that they would abound in love, see fruit in their lives, understand what is most important. This is a deep heartfelt prayer. "It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more" (v. 9) Paul gives several reasons for this deep love of the church: The church is partnering with Paul in the spread of the Gospel. This stands in contrast to the disciples who desserted Paul (2 Timothy 1:8 and 1:15). The church of Philippi, however, sent Epaphroditus all the way to Rome to bring Paul encouragement and a gift. "Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" (v. 5) Paul has a special place in his heart for the Philippians. "Because I hold you in my heart" (v. 7b) Following the arc, a deeper reason for the special place in his heart is a reenforcement of a previous reason, which is that the Philippians are participating in the Gospel. They are seeing the grace of God, and supporting the believers and sharing in Christ's suffering. "Because you are all partakers with me of grace" (v. 7c) Timeless principle: "I am certain that God, who began the good work in you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns" (v. 1:6) This passage summarizes the driving purpose of the Bible: to show us that God keeps His promises. Every work that He begins He completes. "And I am sure of this": God will do this, it's not an "if". "that He who began a good work in you": God started the work. We didn't ask for it, we didn't do anything for it. This is both the most humbling thing and the most encouraging thing: we were such pieces of work that the Son of God has to come and save us, but we should be so encouraged that God has us on His todo list. His list contains the item "Sanctify and bring home Kevin Cathey", that is awesome! It's the greatest criticism ad the greatest compliment. "will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ": God will finish the work. He always completes what He starts. That includes His to do item "Sanctify and bring home Kevin Cathey". This passage shows us we can stop pretending to love. The Gospel gives us the security to have both truth and love. If only truth : then there is harshness If only love : then there is sentimentalism The passage starts with a prayer and ends with a prayer: a prayer that God would grow us deeper and deeper in love. And the only way that that can happen is v 1:6, if God comes and does a work in us. Paul's starts the letter by praying for the church. He doesn't demand love or behavior modification, he prays for changed hearts. It is only God that can change the heart. The only way we are going to give love is if the Holy Spirit comes and does a work in us. Do we realize the power of prayer in the church? If we aren't regularly praying, it shows how prideful we are: we are trying to accomplish life on our own strength. The Gospel tells us we are so weak that we have to pray, but so loved that we get to pray! There's a big difference between saying prayer and praying prayers Prayer is passion and commitment Paul prayers for the church with splagchnon: the guts of Christ God loves the prayers of a husband, father, and pastor because He is all of those! Love is the distinguishing mark of the church, and the church's fuel is prayer . Pray big so you can love big. Prayer is joining our will with the most dangerous person in the universe: Jesus Asking for big things shows that we trust God to those things: we are trusting that He is rich and generous. Questions: What does it mean practically speaking to love with the splagchnon of Christ? (v. 8) What are the implications of Christ beginning a work in us? And what are the implications of Him continuing it? And what are the implications of His completion of that work? (v. 6) What does it mean to love with "knowledge and discernment"? (v. 9) What does it mean to "approve what is excellent"? (v. 10) How do we "partake" of grace? (v. 7) Arcing Notes: I used the New Living Translation (NLT) for vv. 3–4 since I thought it was much easier to understand and arc than the ESV. Using the guidance from John Piper's section on relative clauses in "Biblical Exegesis", I slightly restructured the flow of v. 6
10000000096915 96915 Notes 2011-12-01 09:36:09 2011-12-04 12:14:17 Central Idea : The only way in which we grow in love is when God saves us and continues His work of sanctification in us so that we would share in the grace of the Gospel for His glory. Summary: This passage demonstrates Pauls strong affecting for the Philippian church, and affirms God's present and active work in their lives. Paul begins with an expression of thankfulness for the Philippian church: "I give thanks to my God [for you]", "I make my requests with joy". Then he gives us a teaser of why he is so thankful for the church in v. 5: "because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now". Following on from the last statement "from the first day until now", Paul introduces the timeless principle of the passage by explaining that Christ began a work in them on "the first day", and He is continuing to work their sanctification until it is finished when He returns. The Gospel is the biggest criticism and greatest compliment: we are such pieces of work that God had to send His Son to save us, but He loved us enough to do that. The main ground for Paul's joy over the Philippian church comes with v. 7. He gives several reasons for his affecting: "because I hold you in my heart" and "because you are partakers with me of grace". Unlike the ashamed disciples of 2 Timothy 1:8 and 1:15, the Philippian church has stood by Paul through the midst of persecution (v. 7d–e), even sending one of their own to bring him a gift and encourage him (vv. 2:25–30). The passage completes a bilateral argument with a three verse inference. First, because of his affection, he deeply loves the Philippian church "with the affection (deepest compassion) of Christ Jesus." Secondly, because of his affection, he prays that the church would grow in love, knowledge and discernment to "know what really matters" (NLT), to be pure and blameless, to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit, all for the glory of God. Notes: Paul deeply loves the church of Philippi: He's continually giving thanks for them, everytime he thinks of them actually. "Whenever I think of you, I give thanks to God for you" (v. 3) Whenever Paul prays to God, he intercedes on behalf of the church, and does it with a beaming smile on his face. "Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy" (v. 4) Paul loves the church with the affection of Christ. The Greek word for affection is splagchnon , which is literally the bowels, guts, intestines, but figuratively is the indication of either the most violent love, or the most tenderhearted compassion. "I yearn for you with the affection of Christ Jesus" (v. 8) Another indication of Pauls love for the church is his prayer for the church. He is praying that they would abound in love, see fruit in their lives, understand what is most important. This is a deep heartfelt prayer. "It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more" (v. 9) Paul gives several reasons for this deep love of the church: The church is partnering with Paul in the spread of the Gospel. This stands in contrast to the disciples who desserted Paul (2 Timothy 1:8 and 1:15). The church of Philippi, however, sent Epaphroditus all the way to Rome to bring Paul encouragement and a gift. "Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" (v. 5) Paul has a special place in his heart for the Philippians. "Because I hold you in my heart" (v. 7b) Following the arc, a deeper reason for the special place in his heart is a reenforcement of a previous reason, which is that the Philippians are participating in the Gospel. They are seeing the grace of God, and supporting the believers and sharing in Christ's suffering. "Because you are all partakers with me of grace" (v. 7c) Timeless principle: "I am certain that God, who began the good work in you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns" (v. 1:6) This passage summarizes the driving purpose of the Bible: to show us that God keeps His promises. Every work that He begins He completes. "And I am sure of this": God will do this, it's not an "if". "that He who began a good work in you": God started the work. We didn't ask for it, we didn't do anything for it. This is both the most humbling thing and the most encouraging thing: we were such pieces of work that the Son of God has to come and save us, but we should be so encouraged that God has us on His todo list. His list contains the item "Sanctify and bring home Kevin Cathey", that is awesome! It's the greatest criticism ad the greatest compliment. "will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ": God will finish the work. He always completes what He starts. That includes His to do item "Sanctify and bring home Kevin Cathey". This passage shows us we can stop pretending to love. The Gospel gives us the security to have both truth and love. If only truth : then there is harshness If only love : then there is sentimentalism The passage starts with a prayer and ends with a prayer: a prayer that God would grow us deeper and deeper in love. And the only way that that can happen is v 1:6, if God comes and does a work in us. Paul's starts the letter by praying for the church. He doesn't demand love or behavior modification, he prays for changed hearts. It is only God that can change the heart. The only way we are going to give love is if the Holy Spirit comes and does a work in us. Do we realize the power of prayer in the church? If we aren't regularly praying, it shows how prideful we are: we are trying to accomplish life on our own strength. The Gospel tells us we are so weak that we have to pray, but so loved that we get to pray! There's a big difference between saying prayer and praying prayers Prayer is passion and commitment Paul prayers for the church with splagchnon: the guts of Christ God loves the prayers of a husband, father, and pastor because He is all of those! Love is the distinguishing mark of the church, and the church's fuel is prayer . Pray big so you can love big. Prayer is joining our will with the most dangerous person in the universe: Jesus Asking for big things shows that we trust God to those things: we are trusting that He is rich and generous. Questions: What does it mean practically speaking to love with the splagchnon of Christ? (v. 8) What are the implications of Christ beginning a work in us? And what are the implications of Him continuing it? And what are the implications of His completion of that work? (v. 6) What does it mean to love with "knowledge and discernment"? (v. 9) What does it mean to "approve what is excellent"? (v. 10) How do we "partake" of grace? (v. 7) Arcing Notes: I used the New Living Translation (NLT) for vv. 3–4 since I thought it was much easier to understand and arc than the ESV. Using the guidance from John Piper's section on relative clauses in "Biblical Exegesis", I slightly restructured the flow of v. 6 notes
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Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,
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because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now .
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And I am sure of this, that [God] began a good work in you
[and that He] will bring it to completion
[when] Jesus Christ [returns].
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It is right for me to feel this way about you all,
because I hold you in my heart,
for you are all partakers with me of grace,
both in my imprisonment
and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
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[Therefore, with] God [as my] witness, I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
so that you may approve what is excellent,
and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
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filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ,
to the glory and praise of God.
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10000000096915 96915 Arc 2011-12-01 09:36:09 2011-12-04 12:14:17 editing Philippians 1 3 1 11 Philippians 1:3-11 50 NT esv i621266 i621267 i621268 i621269 i621249 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. i621250 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, actionmanner 1 i621251 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now . ground 1 i621270 i621252 And I am sure of this, that [God] began a good work in you i621271 i621253 [and that He] will bring it to completion i621254 [when] Jesus Christ [returns]. temporal 1 progression ideaexplanation 1 i621272 i621255 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, i621273 i621256 because I hold you in my heart, i621274 i621257 for you are all partakers with me of grace, i621275 i621258 both in my imprisonment i621259 and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. series ground 1 ground 1 i621276 i621260 [Therefore, with] God [as my] witness, I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. i621277 i621261 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, i621278 i621279 i621280 i621262 so that you may approve what is excellent, i621263 and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, actionresult 2 i621264 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, actionresult 2 i621265 to the glory and praise of God. actionpurpose 2 series bilateral 1 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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