Staying Positive Under Pressure Concluding Thoughts by Rick Ferguson

STAYING POSITIVE UNDER PRESSURE
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Philippians 4:20-23

It is with a degree of lamenting that we
come tonight to the final four verses of the
book of Philippians. I hope that our verse-
by-verse, word-by-word, precept-by-precept
study of this marvelous book has been as
much a blessing to you as it has to me.

I was amazed how God used this book to
speak deeplv to needs in_my own life. Maybe
the Lord led me to preach through this book
not so much for your benefit as for mine.
Each week as I sat down to prepare a message
from Philippians it seemed as though the
text for the message almost always spoke to
an immediate problem or weakness in my life.
I thank God that His Word really is--

Hebrews 4:12 " living, and powerful, and sharper than any t,o-edged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and narrow, and is a discerner of
the thoughts and intents of the heart."
His Word really is--

II Timothy 3:16-17 ". . . given by inspiration of God, and is
~ profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness, that
the man of God mlay be perfect, thoroughly furnished
unto all good works."

This study in Philippians has been
especially profitable to me, because it has
taught me how to stay positive under
pressure.

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Now I believe in the plenary inspiration
of Scripture; i.e., all Scripture is equally
inspired of God. Therefore, I want to deal
with the final four verses of Philippians.
Most commentators do not even deal with
these verses because they are simply Paul's
concluding words of greeting and love.
However, I see three thoughts even in these
concluding verses ...


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