Sermon Passage for February 7th, 2016
Our study of the book of Philippians will continue on Sunday with chapter 2, verses 12-18. Pastor Chris Treat will be here this Sunday to serve Communion, while Pastor Scott will preach the Word at Hope Saline. Last week, we saw that we should “have this mind in you, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (2:5). Let’s look at our passage for this Sunday:
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
What does the Apostle Paul mean when he says, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (vs. 12)? This verse has tripped up countless Christians who worry that this means that somehow, in some way, we earn our salvation. But when we read it in the broader context of the book of Philippians, we understand it’s true meaning and the good news of God “working in us” (verse 13). We hope you will join us this Sunday.
10:00 Prayer Group
10:30 Coffee and Fellowship