Freed: Working with God

Series: Freed: from Prison to Peace

Freed: Working with God

May 24, 2020 | Mark Simmons

Working with God

 Philippians 2:12-18 (NLT)

  1. Y’all work hard, because God is (vv.12-13)
  • Y’all work hard

Philippians 2:12 

 

Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone. – Dallas Willard

 

  • Because God is

Philippians 2:13

 

God shows us the right road

God empowers us to turn and stay on it

 

 

  1. Y’all work hard, because God is (vv.12-13)
  2. Work hard at unity and being a good witness to outsiders, and stop your complaining, grumbling, belly-aching, fighting, moaning, whining, pouting, arguing, kvetching (and things you can’t say in church) (vv.14-16)

 

Philippians 2:14

Do everything without complaining and arguing, (NLT)

Do everything without kvetching or arguing, (CJB)

Do everything without grumbling or arguing (NIV)

Do all things without murmuring and arguing (NRSV)

  • Restraining complaining is mainly training. #tweet

 

Why is the way we relate to one another and outsiders so important?

 

Philippians 2:15-16

 

 

  1. Y’all work hard, because God is (vv.12-13)
  2. Work hard at unity and being a good witness to outsiders, and stop your complaining, grumbling, belly-aching, fighting, whining, pouting, arguing, and kvetching (and things you can’t say in church) (vv.14-16)
  3. Rejoice in the Lord instead (v.17)

 

Philippians 2:17 (NLT)

17 But I will REJOICE even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that JOY18 Yes, you should REJOICE, and I will share your JOY

 

Joy in suffering, it should finally be noted, is not “delight in feeling badly”; rather it is predicated on the unshakable foundation of the work of Christ, both past and future. Joy has nothing to do with circumstances, but everything to do with one’s place in Christ. . . at issue is not simply their joy as such, but that they find their joy in the Lord, so that they will not need to look elsewhere.” Gordon Fee, NT scholar

 

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