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Series: Studies In Philippians
If you have your Bibles I would like for you to turn to the book of Philippians. I am going to begin a very exciting series of messages from the book of Philippians this morning. I am going to be preaching through this book in the next few weeks. And today's message is entitled ''God's Wonderful Family.'' And every time I hear the song ''I'm So Glad I'm A Part of the Family of God'' I am reminded again of how great it is to be in God's wonderful family here in this church.
Philippians 1:1-6 ''Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:''
The word ''bishops'' is also the word for pastor. Notice that word confident. What do these people have in common, a philosopher, a traveling sales lady, a fortune teller, a jail keeper, and a whole host of jail-birds? They are all part of God's wonderful family in the church at Philippi. As Paul writes to this church, he writes to the saints, which are at Philippi. And I want you to know, that he is not talking about some people who died and then later on were canonized by the church thousands of years later and were dubbed saints, but when he is writing to the saints, he is writing to the people of God. There are only two kinds of people in this building this morning, the saints and the ''ain'ts''. You are either saved or you are lost. And if you are saved, you are a saint. That simply means you are set apart for the service of Jesus Christ, for you have ...
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