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.