This sermon was based on Philippians 4:1-9.
1Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer
2I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Posture of Peace
- Our posture is important – its what people see when they look at us.
- Its about our attitude and how we position ourselves in life.
The great battle of our day is for peace. There has been increase in Anxiety, Pressure, Tiredness, Busyness, Driven-ness, Disappointment, Comparison / envy – cynicism and bitterness. All of these things are opposite to peace.
What do We Mean by Peace?
- In the passage we see Paul encouraging restoration in relationship, Defeat of Anxiety and Focusing our minds on good things – these are all to do with peace.
Peace in the bible – Shalom. Peace in English doesn’t quite convey the depth of shalom.
Peace = absence of conflict.
- Shalom means much more.
(i) Health – Wholeness of life or body
(ii) Harmony – Right relationship between people and between man and God
(iii) Prosperity – Success, flourishing, fulfilment
(iv) Peace – Victory over enemies, the absence of war
How do We Develop a Posture of Peace?
- Peace comes from seeing the bigger picture.
- Peace comes from rejoicing.
- Peace is infectious.
- Peace comes from deciding to pray.
- Peace comes from a full mind.
- Peace comes from practice.