Examples of Service (Phil. 2:19-30)

Publié le 9 mai 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Nicolas Maalouf

In the previous passage we saw that what motivates us to obey God is neither a reward nor the fear of punishment. You may remember Samuel’s illustration with a carrot and a stick to make a donkey move. Conversely, we have seen that it is God himself who is the engine of our obedience: « For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. » (Phil.2:13)

We also saw that the joy of obedience was to shine in the world to reflect the character of our loving God and rejoice with other Christians as the Gospel progresses not only in our lives, but also in theirs. And this is exactly the joy that characterizes Paul in his letter, he is joyful not only at the progress of the Gospel in his life and in those of his co-workers, but also in the lives of his brothers and sisters far away, in Philippi.

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Gospel Effort (Phil. 2:12-18)

Publié le 2 mai 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Samuel Niblack

The letter to the Philippians is filled with much encouragement, gratitude, and joy. And what stands out clearly in these verses is the encouragement to obey: “Obey”. Work. Try. The Greek word « energy » comes up  several times. Like a coach who goes to motivate his team that is leading at half-time, « don’t give up. »  The Christian life is not without effort. But we will see this morning how Paul encourages and  motivates these Christians to obedience.

You know the expression: « The carrot or the stick »… Should you motivate people with the threat of punishment or the promise of a reward? Or even better, a carrot on a stick…

When we think of faith and religion, most people have this unenviable image in mind. People are  motivated either by the promise of an illusory reward, never really attainable, or by the threat of  punishment. « I want neither, I want to be free, so no thanks to religion. » I’ll grant you, that’s how religions work. But the gospel obedience, the character transformation that Paul teaches, is different. 

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