Next, Part 5 “We Are Thankful for Antioch”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Who in your life makes you feel “safe”? Why?

Scripture:

The Apostle Paul wrote: I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the church leaders and deacons. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:1–11 NLT

Sermon Insights:

What is “NEXT”? NEXT is building kingdom legacy in Eastern Iowa and around the world

Paul shared that he had the “special favor of God…in my imprisonment.” How can you focus on God’s presence, power, and plan in the middle of your difficulty?

If all your prayers were answered, what would be accomplished?

As you pray bold prayers, ask for God to give you bold tasks to participate in his plan!

Lord, the encouragement I receive today came because many people stayed faithful despite the struggles they faced in their lives. Thank you for Paul and the countless faithful Christians who have made disciples throughout the centuries so that I could also learn to follow you. I pray that what Paul prayed for the Philippians would be true in my life—that my love would overflow and I would keep growing in knowledge and understanding so I can be filled with the fruit of my salvation—the righteous character you are producing in my life!