6/4 Business Meeting - After 2nd service; affirmation of new Executive Pastor
Appreciation Lunch & Training Meeting - 12:15 in Student Center following Business Mtg
6/8-6/11 Kids Summer Camp - pray for life change in Waxahachie
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
6/18 Father’s Day
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
7/23-7/27 VBS - register kids or as a volunteer at themount.church/vbs
“What is one thing you were afraid of as a child?”
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we examine what it looks like to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". The gospel not only "gets us right" at salvation (justification), the gospel also enables us to "do right" daily (sanctification). We need the saving grace of the gospel daily. It is God's work in us.
Key Passages: Phil 2:12-18
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read 2:12-18 and pray. What effort are you putting into growing spiritually?
- How can a Christian both enjoy knowing God, and tremble about that same God?
- How have you been motivated to enjoy growing in sanctification?
- In which areas in particular will you pray for God to work in you as you work at growing in godliness?
- When are you most likely to grumble? What would it sound like to praise God in those moments instead?
- How will the things that matter eternally shape your priorities today?
- With whom could you share Christian joy today? Do you allow others to share it with you, even when you are facing difficult circumstances?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for a fresh realization of our need for the gospel, the power of the gospel, and the impact of the gospel on our lives and others. Pray for God to send out more of us to share the gospel with others.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
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.
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise)
Philippians Chapter 2
We must be diligent in the use of all the means which lead to our salvation, persevering therein to the end. With great care, lest, with all our advantages, we should come short. Work out your salvation, for it is God who works in you. This encourages us to do our utmost, because our labour shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. The working of God's grace in us, is to quicken and engage our endeavors. God's good-will to us, is the cause of his good work in us. Do your duty without murmurings. Do it, and do not find fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it. By peaceableness; give no just occasion of offense. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. The more perverse others are, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, and direct their way to Christ and holiness, even as the light-house warns mariners to avoid rocks, and directs their course into the harbor. Let us try thus to shine. The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Running, denotes earnestness and vigor, continual pressing forward; laboring, denotes constancy, and close application. It is the will of God that believers should be much in rejoicing; and those who are so happy as to have good ministers, have great reason to rejoice with them.