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February 9th 2014 – Philippians 3:1-11 – What’s In Your Rubbish Pile?

  • By Ray Bell
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  • February 8, 2014

Even our best efforts and intentions contribute in no way towards our right standing before God and having peace with him. This week, in Philippians 3:1-11, we will hear Paul speaking of the very core of the gospel – righteousness which comes from God through faith in Christ; the very essence of faith – counting everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord; and the very heart of God himself as he pledges himself to his people, the ‘real circumcision’ in redeeming love and covenant grace. Following his ‘meeting’ with Jesus on the road […]

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February 2nd 2014 – Philippians 2:19-30 – God’s Work In Us Working Out

  • By Ray Bell
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  • January 30, 2014

What appears to be a break in Paul’s declaration of the gospel and his exhortations to the Philippians to tell of his travel plans for himself and his fellow workers, is in fact no break at all. On the contrary, as we’ll see this week, Philippians 2:19-30 demonstrates the same selfless love and humble service that Paul exhorted his readers to walk in earlier in the chapter. The same selfless love and humble service that Christ himself displayed in his life and death (2:6-11), are now shown to be at work in those who believe. Those who share in the […]

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January 26th 2014 – Philippians 2:12-18 – Work Out Your Salvation

  • By Ray Bell
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  • January 23, 2014

Our text for this Sunday is Philippians 2.12-18.  In verse 12, Paul gives this startling instruction: “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. While this has perplexed many believers ever since he wrote it, we need to see that this salvation has already been given to us from God through faith in the Lord Jesus and the ‘working out’ of it flows from the humility, obedience and exaltation of Jesus that Paul has described in the previous verses. Even so there is ‘work’ for us to do so that our day to day lives reflect this salvation but always […]

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January 19th 2014 – Philippians 2:5-11

  • By John Dunkley
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  • January 13, 2014

The apostle Paul traces the journey of Christ from the glory of heaven through the humiliation of the cross to becoming the worthy Lord of all humanity. In exhorting believers to consider others better than themselves and to place the need of others before their own, Paul takes us into the very heart of the Son of God who would not grasp at what was rightly His but instead humbled Himself, taking the very nature of a servant and ultimately dying on a Roman cross. We have been redeemed to have this very mind of Christ in us and reflect […]

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January 12th 2014 – Philippians 1:27-2:4

  • By John Dunkley
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  • January 6, 2014

When suffering comes into our lives because of our Christian faith, it is easy to feel intimidated by those who oppose us and to back away from the arena of conflict. Paul instead urges believers to stand firm as one man as we contend for the faith of the gospel. How we handle this struggle must be in a way that is worthy of the gospel. Knowing that suffering, no matter by whose hand it comes, is also given from the Father takes the sting out of it. Living in the fullness of love, humility and unity that is ours […]

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January 5th 2014 – Philippians 1:12-26

  • By John Dunkley
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  • December 31, 2013

The title of the message is ‘A Christ exalting life.’ In this passage Paul not only reveals his confidence of the unfettered advance of the gospel in spite of his imprisonment and in site of those who preach Christ from unworthy motives but he also lays his heart bare and reveals the deep motives of his own heart. Whether he lives or dies his deepest longing is that Christ be exalted in his body. This remarkable passage reveals a man who is so gripped by the love of Christ that he is torn between his desire for fruitful labor in […]

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29 December 2013 – Philippians 1:1-11 – Confident But Not Complacent

  • By Ray Bell
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  • December 28, 2013

This coming Sunday we commence a new series through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In the opening section (verses 1-11) we are given insight into Paul’s prayer for the saints at Philippi. Despite being imprisoned at the time, he is filled with thanksgiving and joy for their partnership with him in the gospel, and with confidence in their salvation. Paul’s assurance is not based upon any work of theirs, but solely upon the grace of God they have received – God will bring to completion the work he began in them. What a relief that can be to us, that […]

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22 December 2013 – Ecclesiastes 12:8-14 – The ‘Pointy’ End of the Matter

  • By Ray Bell
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  • December 17, 2013

This week we conclude our series through Ecclesiastes where we read, ‘the end of the matter; all has been heard.’ Having heard the wisdom of the Preacher, who has investigated every possible aspect of life under the sun for meaning and gain, only to find it is all meaningless, we could easily be driven to complete despair. Yet we know there must be something more than nothing – after all, eternity has been placed in our hearts! And so, in fact, we are driven to complete dependence – ‘Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man.’ In […]

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15 December 2013 – Ecclesiastes 12:1-18 – Get To Know God While You’re Young

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • December 9, 2013

This reading (Ecclesiastes 12:1-8), is addressed to young people, telling them what old age looks like without the joys of knowing their Creator. There are some things that are best learned before we get old, particularly, enjoying the creation and honouring the God who gave it. The Bible commends old age, but this is because people who have lived with faith, hope and love as they have grown up carry those benefits with them into old age. Working at godliness while we are young has lots of benefits all the way through life.

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