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Working out your salvation with fear and trembling is not a private matter.

In Philippians 2:12 Paul writes, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” As we read the English translation, which confuses “you” singular and “you” plural, in our individualistic culture, we can turn this instruction into a private … Continue reading

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Dealing with disagreement, finding purpose in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

You might want to disagree with me, you might be right, but it seems Paul’s letter to the Philippians deals throughout with the difficult reality of disagreement between gospel partners.   I believe the pastoral purpose is found in its closing … Continue reading

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How to make peace at church (part 4)

It is really easy to see faults in other people. It’s even easier to want nothing to do with people who annoy us or who rub us up the wrong way. That was why Paul wrote Philippians chapter 2 verses … Continue reading

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How to make peace at church (part 3)

When we face problems of any kind, our prayers can be very self-centred. If my faith in Christ landed me in jail, what would I pray? Lord, deliver ME from this situation; Lord, release ME from this hell-hole; Lord, have … Continue reading

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How to make peace at church (part 2)

When Christians are wronged what should we do? Fight for our rights? Demand a hearing? Expect respect from others? Paul writes to the Philippians from his jail cell and tells them that his only concern is that Jesus looks glorious. … Continue reading

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How to make peace at church (part 1)

My first sermon series at Holy Trinity is the letter to the Philippians, preached prophylactically (this is not a strange variant of prophecy and, for Australian readers, prophylactic means the prevention of a disease when a body is infected with … Continue reading

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