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GPS Week of June 10, 2018

Sermon: “And This is My Prayer…”
Scripture: Philippians 3:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 3: 9-11

Monday June 11 – Philippians 1: 27-30
Paul encourages the community in Philippi by telling them to live a life worthy of the gospel. Living worthy lives means standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side, and not being intimidated by what challenges us. This life is not an easy one, in fact, Paul warns that it may come with suffering. But when we are willing to live in this way, we become pure and blameless, and produce the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.

Prayer: God, help us to live lives worthy of the gospel.

Tuesday June 12 – Philippians 2:1-11
Humility is one of the most essential things that characterizes true Christianity. In fact, humility is one of the characteristics that set Jesus apart from all other religious leaders. Throughout his life and ministry, Jesus demonstrated profound humility, giving his own life to demonstrate his love. We are called to imitate Christ’s humility, to be of same mind, the same love, and of one mind, so that we could have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.

Prayer: Let us humble ourselves , and share in your Spirit.

Wednesday June 13 – Philippians 2:12-18
Joy is a central theme in the book of Philippians. There are over 15 explicit references to a form of joy (or rejoice). But joy is not just about having no worries or concerns, or dependent on circumstances but about the gift of grace that comes in Jesus Christ. In fact, Paul wrote this letter from prison suffering because of the gospel. But Paul urges this church to be complete in joy, then they will shine like stars in the world.

Prayer: Let our joy be complete in you.

Thursday June 14 – Philippians 3:1-11
Too often we reduce faith to getting all the rules right. But in this passage, Paul reminds us that true righteousness is not based on what we do right, but what Christ has already done for us. Paul warns us against false teachings that idolizes “right actions” above surrender to Jesus Christ. What actions do we substitute for true faith and how can we seek true righteousness in Jesus Christ?

Prayer: Less of me, more of you.

Friday June 15 – Philippians 3:12-4:1
We are called to press on towards the goal! It is easy to give up on faith when life gets hard or when we get discouraged. But Paul encourages us to press on towards the goal because waiting for us is the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus! Today we are encouraged not to give up, but to press on towards the goal.

Prayer: Let us press on towards the goal.

Saturday June 16 – Philippians 4:10-20
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. As Paul gives thanks to this church in Philippi, he names that while his circumstances have not been easy, while he has suffered much, been hungry and thirsty, he has learned the secret of not giving up in the midst of life’s circumstances: that through the faith of Jesus Christ, he is strengthened to do all things. How can we find strength through Christ to live with joy and passion?

Prayer: Strengthen us to do all things in your name.

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