Steven Long
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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Partner in the Gospel with those Who Are Your Minsiters
Philippians 1:3-11
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Published June 28th, 2017
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A Few Thoughts
Take-Away: What it Means for Us
Philippians 1:3-11
Thanksgiving and Prayer 3 e I thank my God f in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy , 5 g because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began h a good work in you i will bring it to completion at j the day of Jesus Christ . 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you k in my heart , for you are all l partakers with me of grace , 1 both m in my imprisonment and in n the defense and confirmation of the gospel . 8 For o God is my witness, p how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus . 9 And it is my prayer that q your love may abound more and more , r with knowledge and all discernment , 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, s and so be pure and blameless t for the day of Christ , 11 filled u with the fruit of righteousness that comes v through Jesus Christ, w to the glory and praise of God .
Philippians 1:3-11
Paul's Thankfulness for Their Partnership
Serve with those who minister to you
I thank my God
in all my remembrance
of you,
Objective Genitive
in every prayer
Context (of his praying)
of mine
Subjective Genitive
for you all
making my prayer
with joy,
because of your partnership
in the gospel
from the first day
until now.
Paul's Certainty of Their Final Sanctfication
Continue steadfastly in sanct.
And I am sure of this,
that he who began a good work
Source (of the work)
in you
will bring it to completion
at the day
of Jesus Christ.
Subjective Genitive
Paul's Affection Because of their Participation in His Suffering
Suffer with those who minster to you
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,
Partitive Genitive
Advantage (of Paul's ministry)
in my imprisonment
and in the defense
and confirmation
of the gospel.
Objective Genitive
For God is my witness,
Ground (of 1:7a)
how I yearn
for you all
with the affection
of Christ Jesus.
Descriptive Genitive
Paul's Petition for Their Continued Love
Continue to love those who minister to you
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,
Genitive of Destination
with the fruit
Partitive Genitive
of righteousness
that comes
through Jesus Christ,
to the glory
and praise
of God.
Subjective Genetive
A Few Thoughts
Paul begins his letter to the Philippians with great joy of thanks to God for them. This passage can be divided into four sub-sections: 1. Paul's thankfulness for their partnership 2. Paul's Certainty of their final sanctification 3. Paul's affection because of their participation in his suffering 4. Paul's petition for their continued love Paul's joy overspills for his readers. It is seen in his language for them. Words such thank, remembering, affection, and particularly the phrase, "I hold you in my heart," reveal much about the apostle's relationship to this church. It is this church that the elders weeped over him when he left, knowing they would never see his face again (Acts 20:17-38). Because of Paul's joy for them he commanded them to remain joyful. Not surprisingly, the command for joy, rejoicing, being joyful, etc., appears nearly twenty-three times in the book of Philippians. It would be an understatement to say that joy is the theme. Each of the four sections contains some aspect of Paul's joy for the Philippians. The first, is his joy that they have partnered with him in the spreading of the gospel. The phrase, "from the first day until now," seems to indicate that the moment the Philippian church was born they became evangelists and financial partners with the apostle. This continued even to the very moment Paul wrote this letter. And he is joyous that their zeal has never burned out. The second section Paul is joyous over the confidence that their sanctification will be completed by Christ Jesus Himself. Because of the fruit they are bearing Paul can be certain and joyful that their salvation is final. The third section Paul turns inward and focuses on why he has such affection for them. His affection is grounded in the fact that the Philippians not only partner in the spread of the gospel, but are also willing to suffer along with Paul. Preaching the gospel brought dire consequences in 1st century Rome and the Philippians were willing to stand with Paul at any cost. The final section is Paul's plea that their love will not subside, but grow stronger. Their is still work to do and the fruit that they are bearing is indication that they will stand blameless before Christ in that final day.
Take-Away: What it Means for Us
On the side block labels you will see the "application" for this passage. 1. Serve with those who minister to you . Paul's success was due largely to the Philippians' willingness to get behind Paul. They offered their prayers, finances, and themselves for the spread of the gospel. 2. Continue steadfastly in sanctification . There is nothing more exciting and encouraging for a pastor and leader to see growth in their people (2John 4). Yes, it is a pastor's job to fee the sheep, but we most take responsibility for our sanctification as well (Php 2:12-13). When our leaders see the fruit in us it encourages them all the more to remains steadfastly themselves. 3. Suffer with those who minister to you . Just as the Philippians were willing to suffer with Paul, we too must be willing to suffer with our leaders, provided that they are obeying God. Paul was in prison for preaching the gospel when he wrote this letter and the Philippians were not ashamed of him. When our leaders suffer for Christ's sake we must immediately stand behind them and be willing to take up the reigns of suffering ourselves. This was one of Paul's greatest joys as he realized that this church would indeed stand with him. That is why he could confidently say, "you are all partakers of grace with me." 4. Continue to love those who minister to you . Paul's prayer was that their love would not only remain but grow beyond measure to the point of overflowing. Paul's words are bursting with confidence that their lives are filled with righteous fruit. And he states that all of this, the Philippians' partnership, sanctification, suffering, and love is all for one purpose: to the glory of God! Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Esteban Villarreal
Thank you very much, this is incredibly helpful. Great job.
Tim Minge
Thanks for the insight. It really helped me as I prepare to preach through this soon. Your divisions were especially helpful as I considered the best way to present the text. Grace and peace!
Steven Long
I am so thankful this could be a help for you. Thank you for the encouragment!
Jason Ogden
Great work here...I really enjoyed this!
Steven Long
Thank you Jason. I'm going through the Bracketing class and decided to do a Phrase of it. I'm glad it encouraged and edified you :)
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