Sunday Worship Service
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Pastor Mario Register
Scripture: Philippians 4:2-9; Acts 16:25-34
What does God want His church to be during a time like this?
I want to look at (3) aspects I believe Paul highlights in our passage today to answer our question.
Being Co-Laborers in the Gospel
Paul starts by affirming those who have labored with him for the mission of the Gospel. (Phil. 4:2-3) Paul is highlighting this idea of being on mission together.
Naturally, we must ask: What exactly is the mission of the Gospel?
We often have to remind ourselves of the main mission of the Christian life because other things tend to grab our attention and take first priority.
Being People of Peace
Now, it's interesting the way Paul describes Peace here, because I think we tend to think of peace only in terms of feeling. But he speaks of peace as a guardian. (Phil. 4:4-7)
The image is that of a legion of soldiers guarding a city and preventing an invasion from entering. That is the picture of the Greek word he uses here for "guard".
Paul is literally saying that Peace actually guards our mind and our heart from invasions of worry and anxiety.
The interesting thing though is that we are not called to simply receive this peace and stop there: God actually calls us to take that peace into situations of disorder and chaos.
Jesus said it like this in Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God."
This was greatly demonstrated in Acts 16:25-34 when the Apostle Paul and his coworker Silas are thrown in prison.
God wants His Church to be a people at peace, and a people of peace. He wants us to be involved in the disorder around us and actually be a peacemakers in it.
Being People of Prayer
Prayer tends to be the most neglected aspect of the Christian life, yet it is also the most important. (Phil. 4:6-7)
The reality is this: We cannot effectively co-labor for the Gospel mission and we will not be able to be a people at peace, who bring peace into disorder if we are not first a people of prayer.
The peace that Paul and Silas had and brought to the jail, and the wonderful moment of the jailer receiving the Gospel, are both directly linked to their time in prayer in the prison.