The church joyfully gives up its preferences if that will allow us to meet the perceived needs of those outside the church because God’s greatest desire is that all people come to know Jesus as we know him.
Anxiety can feel crippling. Constant worry can make us want to pull the covers over our head. But God promises to guard our hearts and minds with the peace that transcends all human understanding. As we take God up on his invitation to pray, he wants to replace our worrying with rejoicing.
Sermon Text: Philippians 4:4-9
The most important part of getting spiritually unstuck often is forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead. We see this especially in the life of the Apostle Paul whose life was radically changed by God when he realized that he could never earn his way into heaven by striving harder and harder. In fact, Paul started moving forward in his faith only when he understood clearly that he could stop striving to earn heaven because it was earned by Christ’s perfect striving.
We often get stuck in self-pity, focusing only on the negative. We think we’re all alone in our suffering. We need a change of focus. We need to stop and consider what God has done for us and what we share as members of his family. That change in focus has the power to change our whole attitude. Sermon Text: Philippians 1:2-11