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GREAT CARE FOR A GREAT CHURCH
June 6, 1999
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul, writing during his house
arrest in Rome, gives thanks with joy for the fellowship the
Philippian church has enjoyed in the Gospel from its inception.
Thanksgiving could not always be offered for other churches. The
Corinthian church was in constant turmoil because of severe
factions and divisions. The Galatian church was plagued and
crippled by legalism in its worst form. The Ephesian believers had
grown cold and lost their initial enthusiasm and love. But the
Philippian believers were worthy of special praise. They were far
from being faultless, but they were achieving for Christ, regardless
of the obstacles.
FBCW Woodstock is a great example of the Philippian church.
Faultless? No, but as committed across the board to the work of
Christ that I have ever known. You are committed to missions in
the community, city, county, and commission of Christ (uttermost
parts of the world).
The Philippian church had been faithful in fulfilling her obligation as
a missionary church. Paul assures them such a church will be
prospered and blessed until Christ returns. The power of God will
be mightily manifested in the missionary church. The mission of
the church is missions! Missions is not an elective in God's
university of grace.
I. THE PROCESS OF CARE. 6
"being confident" -- perfect tense; an act completed in the
past with a continuing effect.
Paul was confident of what; or who?
"this very thing" "a good work"
Paul was referring to the salvation God had wrought in the
Philippians' lives 10 years earlier.
In John 6:28-29, disciples ask, "What shall we do that
we may work the works of God?" Jesus answered and
said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe
in Him whom He sent ...
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