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November 22, 2015 – Philippians: Beware of the Pack

Preached by Rod Benner (00:46)

Rod continues his study of Philippians.  As a fellowship grows in unity and community impact, the danger of self destruction increases.  It can begin by false doctrine and anti-gospel teaching subtly coming into the church body.  It can begin by hurt feelings or differing opinions. Starting as a quiet comment but then it balloons into a perceived crisis.  Carpet color becomes a dividing point.  More seriously, lies masquerading in the name of God captivate a group inside the fellowship and tear the larger group apart.  Rarely does a local church collapse because of outside attacks.  Sadly, it collapses on itself because a once united group of friends turn on each other.  They stop seeing the love of God in their own lives and start seeing the major sins and minor problems in each others’ lives.  The Apostle Paul told the local church in Philippi to “Watch out for those dogs” who seek to divide.

Intentional division is not to be taken lightly. The solution by wise disciples is not to fuel the division, rather it is to faithfully lead and set the example of Jesus’ love, forgiveness and vision.  Discerning church leaders protect their fellowship from the pack of wild dogs.  Good followers follow the example of a good leader; Jesus being the Chief leader. But it is difficult and it requires the intentional guidance of the Holy Spirit.  The pack is always prowling. Therefore, love intensely and forgive often.  Rise up on the side of Christ.

Scripture References: Philippians 3:2-4

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November 15, 2015 – Philippians: Killing the Little Legalist Inside You

Preached by Rod Benner (00:47)

Rod continues a series in Philippians. A relationship with God is possible only through Jesus Christ; by what he did for us. Yet, we so eagerly want it to be about our hard work and we are quick to compare our behavior with other people. Instead of pointing people to God we find it easier to point at their problems and failures. Legalism is a belief system that adds certain good deeds as a requirement for salvation. Before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God demanded that his people follow very strict rules and act a certain way to be his follower. Then Jesus came and fulfilled the law of God; doing what you and I could never do. You get salvation by what Jesus did and by your faith in him. You don’t get it by your good deeds. When you become a Christian, God gives you the desire to do good and the power to do good. Any goodness in you is due to God working in you.

So, instead of telling other people what they are doing wrong, encourage them to honorable living in the light of the gospel. The first requires you to walk over another person while the second requires you to walk with that person as a loving friend. Point up not at.

Scripture References: Phil 3:1-16

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October 25, 2015 – Philippians: Be a Seven Day Christian

Preached by Rod Benner (00:39)

Rod continues a series in Philippians.  The Holy Spirit was sent to empower you to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk.  Whether you are on there on in the church house, act like Christ.

The attitude you have with other Christians is the same attitude you should have when you are with anybody else.

Scripture References: Phil 2:12

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