This week we will complete our study of Philippians. Chapter 4 is a book of rejoicing. The key verse is verse 4.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)
Paul completes his letter encouraging the Philippians to “stand fast”, “be of the same mind”, “rejoice”, “moderation”, “pray”, “do” what Paul did, and that God will take care of your needs.
1. Salutation (1)
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2. Unity and encouragement (2-3)
I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life.
3. Rejoice (4)
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
4. Prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving (5-7)
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
5. God’s peace (8-9)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Let’s do a little review. Where is Paul as he writes this letter? Why was he there? If you were there, would you be writing letters of joy, encouragement and challenge?
Paul challenges the Philippians to encourage others, rejoice, pray, ask, give thanks, and rest in Jesus loving arms. If we could experientially get a hold of the truths found in verses 8 and 9, it would transform our personal lives, our churches, and our ministries.
Let’s ask God how He would like to implement these characteristics in our lives.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001