Teacher: Pastor Chet Lowe

Main Scriptures: Philippians 3, 1 Peter 1

  • Review
    • Paul wrote this letter to
      • Encourage, and he was encouraged in the process
      • Give them examples to follow
      • Address a problem in the church
      • Teach them how to rejoice despite discouragement (Philippians 1:18, 26, 2:16-18, 28)
  • Philippians 3:1-3
    • Legalism always leads to discouragement
      • Legalism comes from upholding regulations unbiblically
        • We don’t need to “clean up our lives” before we come to Christ. He paid for our mess.
    • Rejoicing and relationship counters legalism
      • Rejoicing is different than happiness
        • Happiness is conditional and situational
        • Joy comes His presence and is unconditional
      • “Rejoice in the Lord” is a direction we should follow like a prescription; the outcome will be
        • Inexpressible, unconditional joy comes from our salvation (1 Peter 1:3-10, John 16:20-22, Luke 17:15-19)
        • A peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:4-7)
      • Rejoicing keeps us safe
        • Obeying this word is a part of building our house on the rock. When the wind and rain come, we will stand.
        • Praise reminds us that God is bigger than our problems
        • Prayer allows us to cast our problems on to God
      • Rejoicing requires us to be beware of legalism
        • Legalism is joyless and destroys relationships
        • Living by the Spirit, not a list of rules, requires knowing the Word and walking by faith