“The Joy of Worship and Service for Christ”
Philippians 4:4-9. Theme: “Remembering and Rejoicing”
May 24, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 21: “Sojourning with King Jesus” Dr. Scott Arnold
Introduction: Joy can be found through faith in every situation. Our joy is rooted in our communication with God through prayer, petition, and thanksgiving. Paul remembers from prison how God has blessed him with being part of the church. He remembers how Jesus changed his life. Paul remembers how he was called to be a part of the church, the body and community of Christ. Although Paul cannot be with them in worship and fellowship, he feels united in spirit with the peace and presence of the Lord.
A. Joy and gentleness (a witness) (Philippians 4:4-5)
- Rejoicing is essential for faith and witness (4)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
- Rejoicing leads us to be gentle and trust the Lord (5)
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
B. Finding God’s help in every situation (6-7)
- Overcome anxiety and obstacles by prayer and gratitude (6)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
- God’s presence and peace protects and helps us overcome (7)
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Worship/prayer is non-stop awareness and will help us have God’s peace that goes beyond knowledge, a peace that guards and sees us through emotional and mental stress.
C. Focus of thoughts and affection help us nurture joy (8)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
D. Practice, practice, practice the faith (9)
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Key Point: In this life we will have trials and troubles, Jesus verified this. But what He also said is that we can take heart, for He is not only with us, but He has overcome the world. Paul shared His faith that through Christ we can overcome and find the peace of God in every situation. Here on Memorial Day, we remember people of faith who have gone before us, who served Christ, who served others, who served their country. Remembering has a function, it helps us to gain perspective and inspiration, it helps us to know that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Jesus gives us the joy of hope, faith, and love; Jesus gives us a joy that comes in forgiveness, grace, and salvation. Jesus gives us a peace that helps liberate us from anxiety and fear, a love that indwells our very soul with a gentle and lasting joy.
- According to Paul, what is the source of His joy? How does he express this?
- Paul was in prison and still he had joy in the Lord, how do you find joy while being more isolated during the corona virus sheltering protocols of the current pandemic?
- Who do you remember with joy at Memorial Day? How did they inspire faith, hope and love in life and service?
- What are some specific ways or things that help you think about that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy?
- What anxieties or prayer requests do we bring to the Lord and one another in these times? How is the Lord working to help us?
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