These notes accompany the sermon found here.
- Joy or Rejoice in this letter: Philippians 4:4, 1:4, 1:7, 1:12-18, 2:2, 2:17, 2:28-29, 3:1, 4:4, 4:10.
- In the Lord
- Always, See Psalm 33:10-11; Proverbs 19:21; Matthew 24:35; Acts 4:24-31.
- Do not be anxious about anything, See Philippians 4:6, 2:20; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 13:22;
- In Everything
- With all kinds of prayer
- Of God, See John 14:27, 16:33; Ephesians 2:17; Colossians 3:15; Isaiah 26:3.
- Surpasses understanding
- Philippians 2:3, 3:8.
- Will guard your hearts and your minds
Our example of all of this: Acts 4:24-31.
- Rejoicing: In Acts 4:24, 28, the congregation praises God for his Sovereignty and His creative acts.
- Prayer: In Acts 4:25-26, the believers cite Psalm 2, then in Acts 4:27-28, they apply it to their present situation based on the sovereignty they praised him for in Acts 4:24. Next, they gave their request that He would continue the work with boldness, Acts 4:29-30.
- Peace: When they finished, Acts 4:31, we find that God approved of their request by a great sign of shaking the place and filling them with the Holy Spirit, and granting their request to continue the work with boldness. Where’s the peace? Read the following verses and see that these are not anxious people, they boldly continue “to speak the word of God with boldness,” and share all of their earthly goods. This is a people doing the will of God, and there can be no greater peace between God and man.
- These things are only possible for those who are in Christ, who have the Holy Spirit of God. So repent now of your sins, and trust in the Lord Jesus to save you. Ask for help going through this, and ask God to save you today.
- Paul gives all of this instruction assuming the context of a local congregation. Are you going it alone? We were not made to be alone in this. Join with a Bible-believing congregation today.
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus, Sovereign Grace Music.
Speak, O Lord, Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend.