STAYING POSITIVE UNDER PRESSURE
BY RENOUNCING RELIGIONS OF WORKS
Dr. Rick Ferguson
As we begin Chapter 3 of Philippians we enter a
new division of the book. This division begins with the
word "finally." It does not mean that Paul is about to
conclude; it means that he is entering a long section
of new thought. The word means literally "for the rest."
NOTE: Paul is kind of like some preachers. As he moves
through his message he says finally or in conclusion;
but his final, conclusion is very, very long.
Ex. "How did you like the evangelist's sermon?"
Mrs. Brown asked her husband on the way
home from church.
"Well, frankly," he confessed, "I like our
own minister better."
"Why is that?" his wife wanted to know.
"It's the words they use," explained Mr.
Brown. "Our preacher says, 'In conclusion,'
and then he concludes. The evangelist says,
'Lastly,' and he lasts."
Paul says lastly ands then he lasts for two more full
Now remember as we study this book that we are
searching for clues to Paul's positive, victorious, happy
spirit. We are trying to discover how he could remain
so joyful, even though he was in prison and possibly
facing execution soon.
I am absolutely certain that one of Paul's sources
of joy was his di5vyer -of salvation > qrace through
faith in the Lord Jesus. He had been a pharisaical Jew,
who lived by the rigid_ letter of the law--but found no
lasting joy. Then one day he met Jesus and discovered
salvation was by grace--not by works. What a wonderful
discovery this was for Paul.
Romans 5:1-2 "Therefore being justified by faith, we
have peace with God through our Lord
Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access
by faith into this grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
Tonight Paul will warn us that in order to stay positive
under pressure we must repudiate all forms of religions
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