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Pressing On (preparing for MGPC 7/4/19)

Song: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness
Call to Worship
Song: In Christ Alone
Prayer Of Confession
Song: The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 14
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Zechariah 14: 1-21 – Zechariah announces the coming “day of the LORD,” a day of battle, of judgment and salvation, of light and living water, and of the gathering of the Gentiles to worship the King, the LORD of hosts.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 5: 8
Song: God Whose Almighty Word
Bible Reading: Philippians 3: 4-14
Sermon: Pressing On
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Saviour Of The World

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Stars (Philippians 2:14-15) by Slugs And Bugs

Stars is a memory verse song of Philippians 2:14-15 from Randall Goodgame’s Sing The Bible With Slugs And Bugs Volume 3.

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On Needing Resurrection Power To Endure Suffering

In John 13 Jesus tells Peter “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”
Jesus is speaking of his death on the cross and the resurrection life that will be shared as a result.
Peter will learn that his own suffering would consume him without resurrection life within him.

Paul speaks of this in Philippians 3 when he writes in verse 10 “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”.
Jesus suffers, and is resurrected.
Because of his suffering and resurrection, for Jesus’ disciples the order is reversed.
We know the power of his resurrection, and because of that we are able to endure the sufferings that follow.

We could not endure going where he went, until he had first gone there alone.
Having gone and triumphed, we can now go there in his power.

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Others (preparing for MGPC 6/5/18)

Song: Good And Gracious King
Call to Worship
Song: Man Of Sorrows
Prayer Of Confession
Song: How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds
Affirming our Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q26
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-16 – Qualifications for bishop-elders (cf. Titus 1:5-7; Acts 20:17) and deacons.
Bible Memorisation: Proverbs 19:20-21
Song: To The Lord O Sing A New Song
Bible Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
Sermon: Guest Peter Shurley – Compassion International ambassador
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Your Love So High

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Out Of Context: Philippians 4:13

This little video seeks to put in context one of the more badly contextualised Bible verses: Philippians 4:13.
In short, it’s a verse about contentment, not achievement.
That’s pretty helpful.


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Highest Place – Sunday Songs

We sing Mark Peterson’s Highest Place a couple of times a year.
The setting of Paul’s Christ hymn from Philippians 2 has held up well.
The original album itself is out print, I think, but the music book still seems available from EMU Music and a version of the song is featured on EMU’s compilation best of, New Song In My Heart.
The lyrics:
Jesus Christ, in very nature God,
Did not grasp hold of His place on the throne,
But took on the nature of a servant,
Made Himself nothing, born as a man.
Being found in appearance as a man,
He was obedient to death on a cross.
There He died, God the Son, the maker,
A humble servant, showing the way.
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
And gave Him the name above all names,
So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
In heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that
Jesus is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father.

©1998 Mark Peterson

It’s an engaging song. Here’s an Mark and co. singing it.

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Gleanings In Philippians From Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan is embarking upon a preaching series on Philippians at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson USA.
The FPCJ blog is featuring a companion series of posts on Duncan’s gleanings in Philippians.

If you are interested you can subscribe to the blog.
Here’s the series introduction as a sample.

Gleanings in Philippians: Solid Joys and Lasting Treasure
A Series Introduction

We are about to begin a new expository series on the blog, now in Philippians called Fighting for Joy, Growing in Humility, Knowing Christ and the Peace that Passes Understanding. This letter is filled with grand themes like the sovereignty of God (1:6), the humility and humiliation of Christ (2:5-8), the Lordship and exaltation of Christ (2:9-11), the believer’s union with Christ (3:9a,10-11), justification by faith alone (3:9), the communion of the saints (2:1-4), the sufficiency of Christ (3:8).
For a small letter (about two and half pages long, single-spaced in 12pt type), it is filled with incredibly important and memorable sentences and passages, that we’ll look at tomorrow.
Yes, now seems to be a time when we need Philippians as a church. Why? Because: (1) Philippians shows us a vibrant Christian, in difficult circumstances, radiating a contagious joy. So it beckons us to the fight for joy. (2) Philippians commends a sovereign Savior’s holy humility, displayed in unparalleled humiliation, not only as the means of our redemption but as the example of our living. So it calls us to grow in humility. (3) Philippians displays a saint on whom the world has lost its grip. He is ablaze with thoughts of Christ and delight in Christ. He’s singing “let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also, the body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still, his kingdom is forever!” He’s singing “fading is the worldling’s pleasure, all his boasted pomp and show, solid joys and lasting treasure none but Zion’s children know.” For him, Christ is all, above all, best of all. Everything else is lost on him. So this letter calls us to long to know Christ. (4) Philippians tells us that believers under the crushing load of life, in the darkest moments of experience, even in the valley of the shadow of death, can comprehend and incomprehensible peace. Oh, I want that for you, dearest friends. And so Philippians invites us to know the peaces that passing knowing.