|Thanking, Praying and Partnering||David Niednagel||06/16/2019||Watch||Listen||Notes
All communication has a purpose and a desired response.
We hate it when others ignore us.
Everything in scripture was for an original audience, but God also chose to keep it in the Bible to speak to us today.
3 “Lenses” - will clarify almost everything
Promises - divinely revealed truths or facts about God, or people, about the past, present or future.
John 3:16-18 NIV
John 14:6 NIV
Romans 5:1 NIV
Purpose of promises: For us to know truth we couldn’t know otherwise.
Desired response: Claim them, as basis for our actions, values and worship,
Commands - exhortations to change behavior
Purpose: To change behavior. Desired response: Obedience.
4 Principles behind every command
10 Commandments; “Fear not”; “Love one another”; “Take heart”
John 16:33 NIV
Ephesians 4:25-28 NIV
Examples - living pictures of values, choices and consequences
Philippians 2:19-22 NIV
Purpose: to observe the choices and consequences of another person’s life.
Desired Response: Imitate the good ones, turn away from the bad ones.
First, pray, “Lord, please let me hear you speak to me from this passage. With your help I will do what you want me to do.”
Philippians 1:3-8 NLT
He TOLD them he thanked and prayed for them. (verses 3-4)
He told them WHAT he was thankful for (verse 5)
WHAT he prayed for (verses 9-11)
That they had a special place in his heart
PUPOSE of this paragraph: to encourage them
DESIRED RESPONSE: for them to do what he was doing
Why did God choose to keep this in the Bible?
Purpose: for us to be informed and inspired by Paul and the Philippians.
Desired response: For us to imitate Paul and the church in Philippi.
For next week: Philippians 1:9-26
|To Live Is Christ||David Niednagel||06/23/2019||Watch||In Focus||Listen||Notes
Philippians 1:9 ESV
Example - of how Paul prayed, for changed worldview and behavior - so it is like a command.
Promise - Righteousness comes from Jesus, and righteous character brings glory and praise to God.
Purpose: To show how Paul prayed for them, (and to pray that for others.)
DESIRED RESPONSE: They would believe they could please and honor God, and that it would motivate them to keep growing in the way they showed love and in righteous character.
Philippians 1:12 ESV
Example of Paul’s life and values. He was willing to suffer for others to hear about Christ. His example was necessary to authenticate his message.
Philippians 1:14-18 ESV
Examples - some bad, (for personal gain, revenge) some good (cared about lost people, name of Christ more than their own safety.)
Example of Paul - praising God in spite of circumstances, confident that God is still sovereign over the sins of others
Purpose: to increase confidence, boldness and praise when life is unfair.
Philippians 1:19-26 ESV
Examples - of Paul’s convictions:
Desired Response: They/we have same convictions, values and choices as Paul.
For next week: Philippians 1:27-2:11
|The Mind of Christ||David Niednagel||06/30/2019||Watch||In Focus||Listen||Notes
Desired response - The whole church help one another stand strong together.
Desired response - Major change! Be like Jesus!
Purpose, Desired response - To motivate them/us to follow example of Jesus, choose the role of a servant
What was Jesus' most repeated teaching? Should we know?
Matthew 16:24 ESV
Also Matthew 10:38; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:26; 17:33; John 12:23
“Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event …the humiliation of its God” - Bruce Shelley
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