Two Keys For Impacting the City

In the fifth sermon in this series, we look at the two keys Paul gives the Philippian church to impact their city. Therefore if we want to impact Belfast with the gospel of Jesus Christ, we need to understand and use the same two keys that Paul lays down.

The two keys to impacting the city:

  1. Gospel Transformation (using the tools of the Word and prayer)
  2. Gospel Integration

Main bible text: Philippians 2:12-18

 

The Joy of Gospel Unity

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In the fourth message in our series through St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we look at Paul’s central challenge to the church – a call to deep unity.

Unity is essential for the healthy function and impact of a church in the world, but also for healthy internal dynamics within a church. The kind of unity that Paul envisages is based on humility, a form of love that considers others more significant that ourselves, the kind of love that gives and gives without the expectation of anything in return.

It is only possible for us to consistently demonstrate this kind of love when we realise that at the centre of the Christian message is humility, the humility of Christ freely giving himself for his people.

Main text: Philippians 1:27-2:4

Main points:

  • Gospel Unity in the World
  • Gospel Unity in the Church

Christ Our Treasure: Past, Present and Future Joy

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The third message in our series The Pursuit of Joy. The Christian faith provides rich resources for a life of deep joy, resources that are unparalleled in other faith systems and philosophies.

We see in this letter that the Apostle Paul wrote from prison, he has great joy despite his circumstances. Is such joy available to us today, and if so, how do we access it?

Bible text: Philippians 1:12-26

Main points in the sermon: When Christ is our highest treasure, we can have:

  • Joy in past trials
  • Joy in present hardships
  • Joy in future uncertainty
  • And ask how we can attain this kind of joy

The Inevitability, Results and Anticipation of God’s Work in His People

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St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians has been known as ‘the letter of joy’ owing to the exuberant joy that Paul displays throughout his letter. This is particularly notable as he writes this letter to the church whilst imprisoned in jail. This new teaching series, The Pursuit of Joy, examines the source of Paul’s deep and unassailable joy, and asks whether this same joy is available to us today.

Our second message in this series investigates one of the roots towards joy according to Paul – that God, who already began a good work in the church at Philippi, will bring it to completion. In other words, what God starts he finishes.

This is great news for us, especially when we see the signs of God’s good work in our lives, even in the very earliest days of Christian faith and as a small church plant.

Bible text: Philippians 1:1-11

Main points:

  1. The inevitability of God’s good work in his people
  2. The results of God’s good work in his people
  3. The anticipation of God’s good work in his people

 

The Beating Heart of Easter – Humility and Exaltation

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As we celebrate Easter Sunday and commence our new series The Pursuit of Joy, we examine the beating heart of Easter – and of the letter to the Philippians – the humility and exaltation of Christ in Philippians 2:5-11.

In the ancient Christian hymn quoted in our passage we have a unique insight into Easter from the subjective view of Christ himself – what Easter meant for him – and consider how we respond in light of his extraordinary humility and subsequent exaltation to the highest authority.

9 Marks: Discipleship

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In the penultimate talk in the series 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, David addresses the topic of Discipleship. Jesus calls his followers to take his yoke upon themselves and learn from him, but what exactly does this mean, and how does this contribute to a healthy local church?

The main points of the talk are:

  • What is Discipleship?
  • Why should we do Discipleship?
  • How should we do Discipleship?

Main bible text: 1 Timothy 4:6-16.