Our text is Philippians 4:10-20.
Paul begins the final portion of the letter with another explosion of joy. Once again, the apostle is rejoicing. This time he adds that he is “greatly” rejoicing. He is thrilled by the Philippians’ renewed support. He does not say why they went for a period of time without giving. Perhaps it was due to their poverty (2 Corinthians 8:1-2), or due to Paul’s inaccessibility. Paul simply says that they lacked opportunity, but they never lacked concern. Bottom line: Paul is extremely grateful for the Philippians’ concern about him and for their generosity.
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Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages. This series of Children’s Messages will look at spiritual gifts. Today’s message is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for a children’s bulletin and coloring pages to accompany today’s message: Children’s Bulletin, Coloring Page 1, and Coloring Page 2.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship:
28b Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” (NIV)
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. (NIV)
Father, we bow in your presence this morning as your children, and we rejoice in you. As your church we want to recognize and proclaim your infinite worth and your majesty.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are the only true God and you alone are worthy of our praise. And this morning while our worship should be active, oh, how we need to be still and know that you are God as we recall the words of Jesus to his disciples that they come apart for a little while to rest (Mark 6:31).
Father, we recognize that you have given us the Lord’s Day to refresh and restore the hearts of your children. Many of us are so busy that our hearts have grown cold and we’ve forgotten what it was like to quiet our hearts to sit still in your presence and to delight in gazing upon your beauty and your perfection.
Will you guide us, Holy Spirit, to bring you worship that is pleasing and acceptable in your sight as we offer it through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Worship in Psalm:
In the morning services this month, our congregation will be singing Psalm 2. In introducing this psalm, Charles Spurgeon quotes the 18th century Biblical translator and commentator, Robert Lowth, “The establishment of David upon his throne, notwithstanding the opposition made to it by his enemies, is the subject of the Psalm. David sustains in it a twofold character, literal and allegorical. If we read over the Psalm, first with an eye to the literal David, the meaning is obvious, and put beyond all dispute by the sacred history … if we take another survey of the Psalm as relative to the person and concerns of the spiritual David, a noble series of events immediately rises to view, and the meaning becomes more evident, as well as more exalted. The colouring which may perhaps seem too bold and glaring for the king of Israel, will no longer appear so when laid upon his great Antitype. After we have thus attentively considered the subjects apart, let us look at them together, and we shall behold the full beauty and majesty of this most charming poem.” from The Treasury of David, by Charles Spurgeon, www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm
Corporate Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-28
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” (ESV)
Gracious Father, we are gathered before you, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, whose chosen dwelling place is with the broken and contrite, to confess that:
we have sinned in thought, word, and deed;
we have not loved you with all our heart and soul,
we have not loved you with all our mind and strength;
we have not loved you with all our mind and strength;
we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.
In your mercy, deepen our sorrow for the wrong we have done and for the good we have left undone, so that we may hate our sin with a holy hatred. But, please Father, do not leave us in sorrow. With you, O Lord, there is forgiveness. In your mercy, restore the joy of our salvation; so that we may love you with a holy love. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
(John 5:24) (NIV)
Affirmation of Faith: The Westminster Larger Catechism
Are all they saved who hear the gospel, and live in the church?
All that hear the gospel, and live in the visible church, are not saved; but they only who are true members of the church invisible.
What is the visible church?
The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages and places of the world do profess the true religion, and of their children.
What are the special privileges of the visible church?
The visible church hath the privilege of being under God’s special care and government; of being protected and preserved in all ages, notwithstanding the opposition of all enemies; and of enjoying the communion of saints, the ordinary means of salvation, and offers of grace by Christ to all the members of it in the ministry of the gospel, testifying, that whosoever believes in him shall be saved, and excluding none that will come unto him.
Response in Praise:
Spiritual Gifts: The Gift of Encouragement (Click here to link to the video of the Children’s Message)
(You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV)
(Online giving is now available for your convenience. This link, https://www.faithpresarp.org/give/, will take you to the page that explains this process and includes a button which will redirect you to the secured giving platform.
Our hymn was written by John Newton. The statement in stanza 1 that “He has hushed the law’s loud thunder, He has quenched Mt. Sinai’s flame” is a poetic way of saying that as our Savior, Jesus, has removed the Old Testament law. Further, the words remind us that Jesus is the Lord who bought us with a price. He is the conqueror who helps us overcome temptation. He is the Lamb who is praised by saints above. We are told, there is now, even a chorus, around the throne of God, which praises Him. Let us join that song of praise now!
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Prayer for Illumination and Sermon:
- Frances Ridley Havergal, was a pastor’s daughter. Never married, Miss Havergal learned several modern languages, together with Greek and Hebrew. In her many hymns, she often simply and sweetly sang the love of God, and His way of salvation. Her poems are permeated with the fragrance of her passionate love of Jesus. The burden of her writings is a free and full salvation, through the Redeemer’s merits, for every sinner who will receive it.
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
1. What are the differences between prosperity theology, poverty theology, and Pauline theology
2. How does Paul avoid manipulation, flattery, and silence—the three common pitfalls associated with talking about money?
3. How do you define Christian contentment? From where does it derive?
4. What are the three truths about Christian contentment according to verses 11-13?
5. What is the meaning of verse 13? How does this apply to your life?
Spiritual Gifts: The Gift of Encouragement
Do you inspire, cheer, support and want to lift the hearts of people to a happier place?
Then you likely are an encourager!
We having been learning about spiritual gifts from Romans 12:4-8 (International Children’s Bible Version). Where it says in verse 6 “We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace that God gave us.”
Verse 8 says, “If one has the gift of encouraging others, he should encourage.”
Encouraging and pointing people to do the right thing and giving them “pep” talks to help them keep going is part of this spiritual gift.
Encouragers lift you up when you are down and help you see things in a better and brighter way.
In Acts 11: 23-24 we read about a GREAT ENCOURAGER: “Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and full of faith. When he reached Antioch and saw how God had blessed the people, he was glad. He encouraged all the believers in Antioch. He told them, “Never lose your faith. Always obey the Lord with all your hearts.” Many people became followers of the Lord.” (ICB)
God wants us to encourage one another. To inspire and cheer and support and boost the hearts of others, especially those in the church!
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 we read – “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (ESV)
Jesus spoke encouraging words to his disciples – Jesus let them know that by putting their faith in him they would have peace, rest, strength, help, joy and that they were loved!
Encouraging words come in all forms: “I like the way you did that…great idea…I care about you…I like spending time with you.”
Do you have the spiritual gift of encouragement? Use your gift to glorify God and do good to others.