Today we commence looking at the letter of Paul to the church of the Philippians, and as we read the first few verses we get an understanding of just how much Paul loved this church.
In my mind the letter to the Philippians is a letter of love, not as man loves, but the love of God. Paul does not identify problems in the church but this letter encourages and strengthens the church to lift them up to a greater love of God and of the brethren.
Paul is both proud and humbled by the church of the Philippians and has no hesitation expressing his love for them.
Jesus came to die so that we can be set free from sin. But as part of His sacrifice, we are also set free from the law.
Understanding why this is essential and how this freedom from law
works is crucial to walking in Jesus Christ. In fact the Bible says that
if we seek to be justified by the law, we are severed and separated
from Jesus Christ. (see Galatians 5:1-10)
Do you want to be separated from Jesus Christ? No?
As we close this study in the book of Ephesians we see Paul make an important plea to the church in Ephesus, which carries down to today.
The second half of verse 18 tells us to “keep alert with all perseverance.
Paul has just previously been talking about the spiritual war we are engaged in as Christians, so the need to be alert is heightened. There are also other warnings in the Bible about the need to remain alert at all times, so let us examine some of those things as we end this study in Ephesians.
Baptism in water is one of the most fundamental and crucial aspects of our walk with Christ. It is so important that Jesus Christ Himself was baptised, even though He did not need to be. And Jesus saw it to be so important that it was one of the three instructions He gave His disciples in the Great Commission.
Listen now to learn why Jesus saw baptism in water to be so important. If it was important to Him, then it is critical to us!
One of the things we learn as we grow in Jesus Christ is that we are at war. Every minute of the day and in every circumstance we may find ourselves in places where we are being attacked spiritually and sometimes verbally or even physically.
This is to be expected because the Lord and the Bible tells us that this is our lot as Christians.
But the Lord did not leave us defenceless. He has given us a range of armour and weapons of spiritual warfare, and this scripture tells us to use it.
One of the most critical aspects of Christianity is righteousness by faith. There is no other way that we can be righteous in the sight of God except by accepting His free gift of righteousness by faith that we receive when we believe in the power of God who resurrected our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
This podcast looks at the critical aspects of righteousness by faith.
Who is your enemy? Is it the person vying for your position or promotion at work? Is it the guy who is “road raging” you on the way home? Is it the opposition political party or even the opposition football or other sporting team?
In truth none of these are your enemy. And even when nations rise against other nations in war and insurrections, the opposition are not your real enemies.
This section of scripture tells us who the real enemy of all mankind is and also begins to explain how we are to fight this enemy to overcome.
Faith is the one thing that underpins all of the promises of God. Without faith we cannot know God and we cannot please God. We cannot know the fullness of God and all that He has for us without faith.
This podcast looks at various aspects of faith identifying what it is, what it is not and why faith is important.