Sermon Overview + Prayer: "Partnership in the Gospel"
PRAYING THE PASSAGE (Philippians 1:3-6):
Philippians 1:3 "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
CJ -"The ultimate purpose of obtaining our own facility is to more effectively facilitate the pursuit of our mission-the proclamation of the gospel, reaching the lost with the gospel, strengthening believers with the gospel, equipping the church to be salt and light with the gospel and planting churches in order to advance the gospel."
Holy Spirit, I don’t often know how to pray as I ought, so please put in my heart a vision for the multitude of marvelous things that can be accomplished with our own building. Put specificity in my prayers and faith in my requests, as I pray to you, whose resources have no limits, and whose generosity knows no bounds!
D.A. Carson – "The heart of true fellowship is self-sacrificing conformity to a shared vision. Christian fellowship, then, is self-sacrificing conformity to the gospel. There may be overtones of warmth and intimacy, but the heart of the matter is this shared vision of what is of transcendent importance, a vision that calls forth our commitment".
CJ -"Those truly transformed by the gospel long to see others transformed by the gospel"
Father, how do we begin to thank you for the priceless gift of being surrounded by such self-sacrificing godliness?!
Bring to mind the names and faces of friends I know, and of those I’ve only heard of, that have blessed, inspired, and encouraged me by their wonderful example of wholehearted consecration to Christ and the mission of the gospel. Give me ways to thank and encourage them, and give me ways to emulate their example.
Sinclair Ferguson – "Being a Christian means entering into a partnership with others, to share in the work of Christ. There is, ordinarily, no such thing as an isolated Christian."
Lord, help us to steward the privilege and opportunities for partnership you’ve given us in Sovereign Grace Church. Give us creative ways to not only serve one another in that partnership, but to join together in taking the gospel to our community through activities and events, serving and giving, invitations and hospitality. And may the love we share in partnership be yet another means of displaying to others the transforming grace of the gospel!
Jeff Purswell – “In this season, we have a priority that far exceeds any money we raise. Our prayer is not simply that this would be a “season of giving.” We pray it will be a “season of grace”...We’re praying that we would experience fresh expressions of the grace of God revealed in Christ...A deeper grasp of God’s love revealed in Christ....A greater awareness of God’s presence with us, to cheer and sustain us. And as a result, that we would all give ourselves afresh, beyond any other priority or activity or aspiration or allegiance, to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Father, as you provide the means and the faith and the grace to generously give, remind us again and again of the “why”! May each offering – large or small – be informed by pondering the wonder of having been given the most glorious of all gifts – the gift of a Savior, forgiveness of sin, eternal life! And may the truth of your love for us wonderfully inspire us in our partnership of giving, that others might also believe and receive that love.
CJ - "Paul’s gratefulness to God for the Philippians is informed by His confidence in God’s faithfulness: v.6-'And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
CJ - "My Christian friend, since He began this good work you can be sure today that He will hold you until 'the day of Jesus Christ', until the day you see Him face to face."
Heavenly Father, we ask that the Holy Spirit might guide us to truth after truth of your steadfast and eternal love for us in Jesus Christ. Expose any fear or doubt of endurance with the truth that we will be kept and preserved blameless, because he who calls us is faithful; he will surely do it!
OVERVIEW OF SERMON:
Paul speaks to the Philippian church regarding their unifying partnership in the gospel, his prayers for them, and his unselective thankfulness for all of them. This partnership is generated by God's grace alone and is what has characterized SGCL’s Capital Campaign. The Philippian church gladly made necessary sacrifices to advance the gospel, and C.J. encouraged us to continue exemplifying this same faithfulness. Finally, we saw how Paul viewed salvation as both an individual and corporate work of the Lord. Just as God was the only one responsible for our salvation, he will ultimately be the only one to bring it to completion.
- How do these verses teach us to view members of our church, as well as your membership in SGCL?
- What are practical ways we can partner together to advance the gospel in the context of SGCL?
- What new insight did this sermon give you in regard to the Biblical teaching of partnership and giving?
- C.J. spoke of God as the one who preserves believers. How does this make you grateful for grace on a daily basis?
- How does this introduction of the letter to the Philippians motivate you to love church members that might feel pushed to the fringes during this pandemic?
- C.J. used these verses to encourage us, “Those who have been transformed by the gospel long to see others transformed by the gospel”. How can you come alongside other members in your community group as they seek to share the gospel with unbelievers established in their lives?