Our text is Philippians 4:2-7.
In these verses, Paul strings together several exhortations. The themes in this section have already been touched on previously in this letter. Paul urges unity among believers in 4:2-3. This theme was also in 1:27-2:4. The theme of rejoicing in 4:5 has been highlighted several times (1:18; 2:17; 3:1). The idea of gentleness, graciousness, or forbearance in 4:5 was touched on in 2:1-3. Paul mentions prayer in 4:6-7, and he underscores the importance of prayer in 1:3-11. Additionally, in these exhortations Paul continues to emphasize the gospel, the Lord’s presence, and the idea of being “in Christ.” It is as though Paul were collecting and restating many of his central ideas from the letter in these exhortations.
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 coloring pages to accompany today’s message: Children’s Bulletin, Coloring Page 1, and Coloring Page 2.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship:
Psalm 32:1, 2, 11 [of David]
1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (ESV)
Almighty God, as your people in obedience to your command we corporately bow before you this Lord’s day in worship and submission to proclaim your infinite worth. We exist for your glory and according to your pleasure and will. At the same time, we gather in your name with great joy because you have redeemed us and welcomed us into your presence by the blood of your Son and through faith in him.
So Father we want to present ourselves to you this morning without reservation. Would illuminate our minds to all of the attributes and character of the Triune God. And then enable us through Holy Spirit to worship you in a manner that is pleasing to you and edifying to us as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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:
Leader: And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.
All: Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
Leader: You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
All: Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Leader: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
All: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
Leader: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
All: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.
Leader: Honor your father and your mother.
All: Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.
Leader: You shall not murder.
All: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me.
Leader: You shall not commit adultery.
All: You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Leader: You shall not steal.
All: Have mercy on me, O God . . . blot out my transgressions.
Leader: You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
All: Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law.
Leader: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs your neighbor.
All: Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Save me from all my transgressions.
Leader: The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
All: My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
Almighty God, who will not let us go, we confess that we have been so wrapped up in ourselves that we have not loved you with our whole hearts, and we have not loved our neighbors as we love ourselves. By your grace and through your transforming love, grant us the joy of true repentance. Forgive us we pray, and conform us to the image of your Son; that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: Romans 5:1
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)
This is a wonderful promise we have in the gospel.
Affirmation of Faith:
The Westminster Larger Catechism
What benefits has Christ procured by his mediation?
Christ, by his mediation, has procured redemption, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace.
How do we come to be partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured?
We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured, by the application of them unto us, which is the work especially of God the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual Gifts: The Gift of Serving (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.)
2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
(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.
From Psalm 119:89-97, the words of our hymn remind us that God is himself eternal, so is His Word. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. God’s Word is sure and valid and true. It speaks to all people and for all time!
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Prayer for Illumination and Sermon: The Peace of God
Our hymn provides a joyous picture of the community of faith gathered to celebrate a feast. Christ is pictured as both “the victim and the priest” in Stanza 1, who sheds his blood as our “paschal victim” and “paschal bread” in Stanza 2. Jesus is the reason we feast and the food of the feast. The communion table is also where we are united with other Christians, as Stanza 2 puts it: “with sincerity and love as we eat the manna from above”. Finally, Stanza 3 reminds us we can sing “hymns of glory and of praise” because the lamb that was slain is risen!
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
1. What was Paul’s solution to the dispute between Euodia and Syntyche?
2. Why is division in the body of Christ so dangerous? How might you encourage unity rather than division?
3. Why are “awkward conversations” sometimes necessary to have with others?
4. What does Paul mean by, “The Lord is at hand” (4:5)?
5. What does anxiety do to you? How does it affect others around you?
6. What are three things Paul tells us in 4:6-7 about dealing with anxiety?
Spiritual Gifts: The Gift of Serving
We are learning about spiritual gifts in the Bible from Romans 12:4-8. (International Children’s Bible Version)
6 We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace that God gave us. 7 If one has the gift of serving, he should serve.
Do you have the spiritual gift of service or serving? If you do: you probably like doing tasks, helping out and jumping right in when you see a need. You usually ask others if they need anything before they ask you. You also like blending in and not always being the center of attention.
One great Bible example of someone with this spiritual gift is Tabitha and we read about her in Acts 9. It says in verse 36, In the city of Joppa there was a follower named Tabitha. (Her Greek name, Dorcas, means “a deer” like the animal) She was always doing good and helping the poor. In verse 39it says that she made shirts and coats…
In verse 39it mentions all the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made
Tabitha/Dorcas made a big impact on the people in the city where she lived. People loved her and she served and helped others by making needed clothing (shirts and coats and robes), she helped the poor and she was always doing good to others.
Has God gifted you with the spiritual gift of service? Remember that spiritual gifts never build up the person WITH the gift but the whole body of believers, the church!
With this spiritual gift you can help pass out crafts and snacks in Sunday school. Or pull weeds here at church on a work day. You could help clean up after a church event or meal, or put nursery toys or our WCW kits back in their place.
If you are a Server, you have the Spirit-given ability to meet the needs of fellow Christians and the church.
In Acts 9:36 it says that Tabitha was a follower of Jesus – Are you a follower of Jesus?
Did you know the Bible tells us In Matthew 20:28 that Jesus came to serve his people not be served.
Tabitha was doing what Jesus did, she loved to serve others. If you have this spiritual gift of serving, use your spiritual gift to glorify God and do good for others!