I hope you have been enjoying this series as we have been working through the book of Philippians – this is Week 7 – and we have another week to go in the series.
Today I want to pick up from where we left off last week– so if you turn with me in your Bibles to Philippians 3:17. If you were away last week I’d encourage you to listen along to the message below.
17 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
Today as we are start the message, we are looking at Paul’s concluding remarks from Chapter 3. In his closing remarks, Paul’s letter takes a more serious tone. This is clearly of importance to Paul – he describes the tears that are in his eyes as he writes this warning – he feels this so deeply – This is not exaggeration or hyperbole on Paul’s part but rather he wants the Philippians who hear this to understand the gravity of his words.
He warns those listening about the enemies of the cross of Christ. You get the impression that Paul speaks from experience here – this is a veteran Christian who was journeyed the ups and downs of the Christian life – he has experienced the highs and certainly many of the lows – but in all of those he has remained faithful to the message of the cross of Christ.
Paul provides practical advice here – he doesn’t just pose the problem, but he gives practical advice on how we can avoid this danger!
Listen along as we explore some practical tips and the first few verses in Philippians 4.