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Sermons from Pauma Valley Community Church
Pauma Valley Community Church
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Total Sermons: 8
Total Amens: 1
As Paul (along with Timothy) writes to the first European church plant in Philippi, he opens up his letter in an encouraging fashion. In this passage, we look at what Paul meant when he said "partners in the Gospel," what this looked like in Philippi and how it translates to 21st century church life. We also looked at the astounding concept of joy, and how on earth Paul had so much of it while sitting in a jail cell in Rome. We look at each mention of "joy" or "rejoice" in Philippians to discover that Paul finds his joy in Jesus, Jesus being preached, and Jesus growing people. If we treasure anything else, our joy will never be complete; we will always be empty.
God pursued us while we were seething, hating, enemies of God, spitting in the face of the Lord. In the same way we are to love one another in the Church, pursuing reconciliation and repenting of bitterness.
God is our refuge, our fortress; He has proven his faithfulness in the past, and our entire lives are dependent upon His sovereign goodness, wisdom and mercy. In Psalm 31 we see the faithful character of God revealed in his faithfulness to David, even when he "said in (his) alarm, 'I am cut off from your sight.' But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help." God is the One who pursues us, we do not pursue Him. Even when it seems that we are at our wit's end, he will keep us, sustain us and save us.
Paul gives us a little family history in this passage. He harkens back to numerous instances in Israel's history, how they screwed up and what they faced as a consequence for their sinful rebellion. He says in 1 Cor 10:6 that "these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come." In this sermon, we look a at the issues Paul commands the Corinthians about (sexual immorality, testing Christ, and grumbling), and we focus in on Paul's encouragement to the Corinthians in v13. The key to this is that God is faithful to us, he intimately knows us personally and knows exactly where we need to change in order to be conformed to the image of Christ. Our battle against the flesh is just that, a battle. But God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful, and we will succeed in fighting sin by the Cross.