The number one source of anxiety and stress for people in the U.S. is finances. Keeping up with the Joneses is difficult when you’re just trying to pay your bills and keep food on the table. When did life get so expensive?
“It’s natural to worry.” Or is it? As children of God, we’ve been called to join the rest of the natural creation in trusting our Creator. We can live beyond worry, and Paul shows us how.
Life is hard. The Christian life is even harder. Things like self-denial, sacrifice and sanctification don’t come naturally to us.
Pastor Jeff Johnson continues our study through Philippians.
Selflessness; the Bible teaches us this message. Paul instructs us in the Book of Philippians that we are to do nothing out of selfish ambition. We are to value others above ourselves and their interests above our own.
We raised our hand and prayed a prayer. Now, our salvation will just work itself out, right? Not exactly. While Jesus accomplished the work of salvation more than two thousand years ago, we are still called to “work out” our salvation today.
Humility is a defining characteristic of Christ, yet a dying characteristic of Christians. The example of Jesus is not an easy one to follow. It even seems un-American.
As Paul is in prison awaiting possible execution, he writes the letter of Philippians to the church in Philippi. He reminds them that God is in control and whatever happens to Paul it is for the advancement of the gospel.
We have so much and we appreciate so little. We are both coddled and crippled by the comforts and conveniences we enjoy in this wealthy country. Sadly, the result is that we often detach ourselves from the pain and persecution that our Christian brothers and sisters face throughout the world.
If we can learn one thing from New Year’s resolutions, it’s that we all want to be better. Self-help books, seminars, and podcasts are evidence of our desire to improve, to grow as people. So, what do you do when you stop growing in your faith?