July 13, 2019

Episode 18 – Lights in the World

Posted in: Show Notes

It’s episode 18, and we are back in Philippians!  Today, we are discussing Paul’s encouragement to the church of Philippi to be lights in the darkness.  He also tells them not to grumble or complain which we acknowledge is something we tend to do often…let’s dive into Philippians 2:12-18.

  • Verse 12 says, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence  but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…”
  • Paul is addressing the Philippians in this section through encouragement and exhortation.  We see a glimpse into the church that there had been some grumbling/disputing between people.  
  • “In my absence” points to the fact that Paul was in prison and was exhorting the church from afar.
  • “Work out your salvation…”  Does this mean we have to work to earn our salvation?  No. There are no amount of good works we can do to earn God’s favor.  This is why Jesus had to come live a perfect life on earth, die on the cross, and raise again for us to be able to take on the perfection of Christ through faith in Him.  We respond to our salvation with good works.
  • Paul is referring to the progression of our salvation.  We are supposed to continue in what we have learned from Christ and what He has done for us on the cross.  
  • “With fear and trembling…” We remember that God is a holy God and completely just, and we should run away from the sin because God hates sin. 
  • Verse 14 says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing…”
  • Ladies, make a list of all the things that you grumble and complain about in your day.  
  • Paul tells us in the verse right after verse 14 why it is important to not grumble or complain.  Complaining is a very common action of the rest of the world. We as believers have been given the best gift that we don’t have to work for.  We get to show this off to the world by not complaining about life since we have a God that we trust in!
  • “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp is a book for children that is helpful for us in understanding that our actions are a result of what is happening in our heart.  
  • Verse 15 includes “…among whom you shine as lights in the world…” which Jesus also talks about in the book of Matthew 5. 
  • Verse 16 says, “…holding fast to the word of life”  The ESV Study Bible describes this as, “Believing in God’s word and following it until the Day of Christ.” 
  • Verse 17 says, “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering…”  This is referencing the Old Testament in how sins were atoned for at the time. Christ is now the sacrificial offering for our sin.  
  • Resources to grow in your understanding of OT sacrifices: The Bible Recap podcast and “The God of Covenant” study by Jen Wilkin.  
  • “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:6-7
  • If we are pouring out our lives as a drink offering for the Lord, then our labor will not be in vain. 
  • Where in your life are you not being poured out like a drink offering? 
  • Where is your life is your labor in total vain? To look good or to look like a good Christian.
  • Where are you doing these things well?  Where are you being obedient, or where do you know your being called to obedience, but you aren’t sure how to? 

This is our challenge to you ladies, that in a journal you would take time to think through this application piece and really consider what this currently looks like in your life!  We hope today’s word has encouraged you. Praying John 17:17 over you this week!

-The OHT Team

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