July 13, 2019

Episode 22 – Exhortation, Encouragement, & Prayer

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Today, we are wrapping up our study on Philippians!  Paul encourages the Philippians in chapter 4 to rejoice no matter what the circumstances may be.  To let reasonableness be known to everyone. To remember that the Lord is at hand! To put on what is true and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  This episode wraps up our semester of studying Philippians together! 

Philippians 4

  • Verse 1, “Therefore, my brothers whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.”
    • Paul loves and cares for these people. 
    • We have seen this theme throughout the whole book of Philippians.
  • “Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer” 
    • What is the difference between exhortation and encouragement?
      • Exhortation is like a form of teaching.  It encourages you to take actionable steps given in the Word of God.
      • Encouragement is practicing telling people what they are doing great in.
    • We see Paul do both of these things to the church of Philippi
  • Verse 2, “I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.”
    • Women who labored side-by-side with Paul in the Gospel. 
    • “Entreat” means to earnestly seek, urge, or ask someone of something. 
    • “To agree” is to “be of the same mind”.
    • We know Paul is calling these women to unity.
  • Verse 3, “Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
    • “The Book of Life” tells us that they are believers.
    • Paul is modeling Biblical conflict resolution.  
    • Mathew 18:15-16
  • Verse 4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” 
    • Paul utilizes repetition to make a point.
    • From the ESV Study Bible, “Reasonableness” means “seeking what is best for everyone, and not just for yourself.”
    • From the ESV Study Bible, “The Lord is at hand” means that Jesus will return as judge and will hold people responsible for their deeds.
    • James 5:9 
    • The Bema Seat 
    • Supplication means asking for something in the sense of begging. 
  • Verse 8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
    • What are we filling our thoughts with? And what are we letting into our minds?  Are they inspiring us to worship God and inspire others?
  • Verse 9, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.”
    • It is not wrong for Paul to encourage the Philippians to model his way of life.  He is modeling his life after Christ. 
    • Paul is at peace while being in prison for the last two years. 
  • Verse 13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
    • This is to be taken within the context of obedience and service to others.
    • God will give strength to the believer to do the things He has called them to. 
  • Verse 14, “Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble…”
    • The Philippians see and know the need of Paul. 
    • The Church of Philippi have come alongside Paul to support him financially.
    • It is way better to store up treasure in Heaven than on this earth!
  • Verse 19-20, “And my God will supply every need of your according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen”
    • When we are obedient and support those in need, we are glorifying God!
  • Verse 21, “Greet every saint in Chrsit Jesus.  The brothers who are with me great you.”
    • There are believers with Paul in Caesar’s household.  Potentially prisoners Paul has helped to convert?
  • Verse 22, “All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.”
    • There were people “of” Caesar’s household who are believers.
    • People who worked within Caesar’s house who heard and received the Gospel message. 
  • “When I Don’t Desire God” by John Piper

We hope from this study you can better answer the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” We hope that by reading Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi you better see what it looks like to pursue a life of righteousness!  This is what God has called us to, and it is only possible through His son, Jesus.  

Thank you for walking through the book of Philippians with us!  We have loved getting to dive in deeper to God’s word alongside you!

-The OHT team

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