Think About these Things: CONCERN AND CONTENTMENT

I shared the Word to San Pedro CRC last March 16, 2014 on these topic. This is the first time I only made an outline of the message instead of the full text :

PHIL 4:8-23

Redemptive/Fallen condition Focus:
1. May dwell on negatives instead on the good things from God
2. May experience stinginess and insensitivity in helping church workers instead of being generous and open hearted.

Intro :

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What stories, values are expressed, reminded, remembered? Besides improbable scenarios and repeated formulas

Dwell on negatives, wrong perspectives, kill time

Need for better use of time.

Outline: Think, Be Concern to and Be Contented

Read:
1. Think on These Things
8Finally, 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.

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Not about yoga or TM or sitting and breathing somewhere else
Amidst real life and ministry challenges

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What are we supposed to be thinking?
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1. “True” (alethe) means valid, honest, and reliable (cf. Rom. 3:4).
2.”Honorable” or “noble” (semna) means worthy of respect (cf. Prov. 8:6; 1
Tim. 3:8, 11; Titus 2:2).
3. “Just” (dikaia) refers to what is just and upright.
4.”Pure” (hagna) denotes cleanness and connotes moral purity.
5. “Lovely” (prosphile) means what is amiable, agreeable, or pleasing.
Beethoven symphony, Doing good for Tacloban
6. “Commendable” or “admirable” (euphema) refers to what is praiseworthy
because it measures up to the highest standards.
This is not mere abstract virtues –common among non-believers –but this refers to:

Phils 4: 9What you have learned and w received and heard and seen x in me—practice these things, and y the God of peace will be with you.

Context is –as a summary of what he taught in life to them:

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Comment: Peace? Does not come in disobedience

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a. Partnership in the Gospel

Example is that the Caesar’s household is reach by the Gospel:
21Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. q The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 r All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 s The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

b. To Live is Christ
c. Mind of Christ
d. Righteousness in Christ
e. Maturity in Christ
f. Being One in Christ
But there is one left lesson to teach –why we give?
READ:
2. Concern For…
10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length z you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.

14Yet it was kind of you e to share [3] my trouble. 15And you Philippians yourselves know that f in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, g no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.

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A. How ? We express our concern thru sharing …

Love and not show actions? Never works that way
Courting and yet no flowers and bringing up her things? Enervon
We should give financial assistance to those who share the gospel..
There is a receiving and giving.

Not an employer –employee –but PARTNERS

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B. Why give? Need /Affliction/Pressure:

14Yet it was kind of you e to share [3] my trouble
16Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.

Pastors and missionaries are human too –clothes, daily food, transportation
Friend at ATS –Aung Mang –Burma –daily walk for 3-4 bible studies

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Why Give? It is TO GOD when we do:

[4] 18I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, j having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, k a fragrant offering, l a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

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Paul using Temple Sacrifice language here: Fragrant offering –sacrifice acceptable.
Though Temple still standing when He wrote it –AD 70 Fall; and yet transferring it to the Mission work-spread of the Gospel…

When the heart full –it wants to give back to God what He gave..

C. How Much?
16Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.
18I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, j having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent,

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Full – Well Supplied – Paul, so he can share and share…
We should not be stingy, or tight-fisted- think of them living well –and not harried in mind- hard to pastor when family is in dire straits.
Not only once but recurring.
We eat everyday

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D. Effect on the Giver:
17 h Not that I seek the gift, but I seek i the fruit that increases to your credit.

19And my God m will supply every need of yours n according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20To o our God and Father be p glory forever and ever. Amen.

Paul is concern that Givers has an increase credit – when they give- and should we sharer of the Gospel- give opportunity for others to give-and be blessed by God!

But the basic return is that every necessity-food and shelter – GOD is guaranteeing the supply –whether in regular or in crises situation

According to His Riches: WOW! Not our need –but His Supply! So Give to legitimate MINISTRIES.

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OFW just went home to someone who made it BIG there

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3. Content in Whatever Situation
11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be a content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and b hunger, abundance and c need. 13I can do all things d through him who strengthens me.

Proper attitude of recipient:

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We should not upgrade our lifestyle but remain simple. Not gusgusin- but presentable …but not luxurious…Toyota Vios –not Camry or BMW

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How? Remember Jesus Christ…Make other rich…but Himself simple and humble.

We can do more for Christ –whether with big or small resources –it depends on HIM not on what we can see or touch.

CONCLUSION:
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