STAYING POSITIVE UNDER PRESSURE
WITH SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE
Dr. Rick Ferguson
Tonight we come once again to the reading of Paul's
wonderful letter to the Philippians. Paul had started
the church in Philippi on his second missionary journey,
accompanied by his traveling companion Silas. Evidently
a strong church had developed as a result of Paul and
Silas' soul-winning efforts.
Paul was now in prison. He was chained to a Roman
guard, awaiting trial before the neurotic Nero. He was
impoverished. The church at Philippi had heard of Paul's
arrest, taken a collection of money to help him, and
sent the money to Paul by one of their men--Epaphroditus.
Philippians is the letter Paul wrote back to the church
in Philippi, as a response to the love offering they had
The thing that impresses me each time I read this
book is the tremendous spirit of victory and joy Paul
reflects in it, in spite of his rather bleak circumstances.
I've probably read this book ten times in the last few
weeks. Every time I read it I find a new statement of
In the verses we have chosen to read tonight, I think
you will see that one of the reasons Paul was so positive
and triumphant was because he had a singleness of purpose.
Paul had narrowed his: life goals,
life purpose and
life reason, down to one single
goal, one single purpose, one single reason for living--to
glorify and magnify Jesus in everything. This is a tremendous
lesson, if we can only learn it.
Paul begins this section of his letter by making a
tremendous statement of faith and victory.
v 19 "For I know that this shall turn to my salvation
through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ."
Paul was saying here that he fully expected to be
released from prison. He fully expected to someday return
to Philippi and minister to these dear saints and friends
I want to tell you folks, that's a pretty ...
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