We conclude our study with a reminder from Paul on how to find contentment in a world that thrives on the yearning for the next best thing.
This week we reach the next level: being content in all circumstances. Matt Chandler uses Paul's life as an example to show that whether we have plenty or want, live a life of persecution or prosperity, we can do it all only through Christ who gives us strength.
Last week we unpacked Paul's instruction to always rejoice. This week we read a bit further to learn an even harder lesson: never be anxious. These two instructions go hand in hand and are linked with a very important motivation: The Lord is at hand. The only way to suffer well is to suffer with Jesus. When he becomes our supreme treasure, joy and hope we can rejoice always and never worry.
This week Matt Chandler shows us in Chapter 9 of To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain what our lives would look like if we live our lives for Christ. We will learn that it is possible to rejoice in the Lord always and in all circumstances because of God's sovereignty and his providence.
The gospel, or good news, is not the life of Jesus Christ and his teachings as captured in the New Testament. It is not "to love God above all and your neighbour as yourself". In chapter 8 of To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain, Matt Chandler concludes the discussion of Philippians 3 with an illustration of the Christian life centered on the gospel.
We continue our study of Philippians 3 with a call by Matt Chandler to a holy discontentment that drives us to strive for holiness - not to attain God's approval, but because we already have his approval.
This week we start examining Philippians 3. So far apostle Paul has shown us what the worthy Christian life looks like and how Jesus is our prime example of a worthy life. This week he challenges us to ask the question what the passionate pursuit of my heart is? What makes me seek Jesus? What is the foundation of my righteousness?
Philippians 2 contains one of the most beautiful illustrations of the life and death of Jesus, the Son of God. In Chapter 4 Matt Chandler explains that we sacrifice our pride when we stop chasing the wind to make space for the humility of Jesus Christ to inspire us to seek the cross.
This week in Philippians 2 we dig a little deeper into what is expected of us as followers of Christ. Paul goes after the heart by assaulting our pride and shaking us out of our comfort zone.
In this introduction to his letter, Apostle Paul illustrates the hallmarks of a worthy Christian life. Matt Chandler breaks it down into three aspects: a) to stand firm as one in the spirit, b) to strive side by side, and c) to live a fearless life.