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Jun 2, 2014

Redirecting . . .Acts 16:6-10


Rather than going into Asia, the gospel was taken into Macedonia, and the church at Philippi was launched.


Implication:  Often the unexpected ends up being the greatest blessing.  It may be disguised by difficulty, but in the end its refined worth is unveiled and brings great joy. (vv. 3-5)


Remembering . . .


When Paul remembers them, his recollection is not of the beatings he incurred, but of the effect of the gospel in the lives of the Philippians. (vv. 5-7)

·         As they received the gospel, they arepartners in the gospel.

·         As they received the gospel, they became participants of grace.


Implication:  The gospel should be the central focus and compelling passion of our life.


Praying . . .


Paul prays . . .

·         Love that abounds exceedingly. (v.9)

o   Authentic biblical community is saturated with all-satisfying joy and Christ-like affection when the gospel is the central focus.

§  Everyone needs the gospel of grace.

§  The gospel changes everything and everyone.    

·         Knowledge and discernment.

o   Knowledge with discernment equals wisdom.


For this reason . . .

·         To approve what is excellent. (v. 10)


And in doing so . . .

·         They would be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (v. 10-11)

·         They would be filled with the fruit of righteousness.

·         They would bring much glory to God.


Implication: As we have been transformed by the gospel, our lives should give evidence of the gospel.