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The Beloved Church

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Learning from Paul's opening words to the Philippians how to be a healthy, effective, powerful and loving church!

Text: Phil. 1:3-6
Date: 09/03/2023, the Evening service.
Series: "Evenfall; Sunday Evening Worship" Part 4

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Paul's language reveals his deep affection for the church at Philippi. As we make our way through this text, we will pay particular attention to the relationship between Paul as the shepherd of the church and the congregation as his flock. We will learn valuable lessons for developing a healthy, effective, powerful and loving church in the bond that exists between them. Ultimately we will apply those lessons to ourselves as we work to please and bring joy to our Lord in the way that Philippi pleased and brought joy to Paul. And ultimately to be a small sampling of His beloved church.

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I. Introduction, Gal. 1:6-9, 3:1-3; 1Cor. 1:11-15, 4:18-21, 11:17-22.
II. Exposition of the text, Phil. 1:3-6.
A. Context
B. Paul's thankfulness and confidence for Philippi.
1. A thankful remembrance, vs. 3.
a. Thanking God.
b. Nothing but fond memories, Acts 16:22-23.
2. Joyful prayers, vs. 4.
a. The comprehensiveness of Paul's prayers.
b. The consistency of Paul's prayers.
c. The joy of Paul's prayers.
3. Faithful partners, vs. 5.
a. A healthy relationship.
b. A partnership close to Paul's heart.
c. Standing the test of time.
4. Paul's confidence, vs. 6.
a. A well-placed confidence.
b. A confidence in sanctification, Eph. 2:10.
c. Defining "good work".
d. From sanctification to glorification.
e. An eschatological confidence.
III. Conclusion

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