Preaching: Philippians 1:1-30 Has God begun a good work in you?

philippians 1aSummary: A verse by verse examination of what the book of Philippians in the Bible teaches. This message covers Philippians chapter 1 and the good work that God begins in you.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Williams
Date Presented: September 14, 2014

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Bible References:

Philippians 1:1-30 1Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:  2Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,  4Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,  5For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;  6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.  8For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 9And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;  10That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;  11Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. 12But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;  13So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places 14And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.  15Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:  16The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:  17But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.  18What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.  19For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,  20According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  22But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  23For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:  24Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.  25And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;  26That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. 27Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;  28And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.  29For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;  30Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Acts 16:1-3 1Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:  2Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.  3Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 

Romans 8:26-30 26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Proverbs 9:10 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 

Proverbs 1:7-8 7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  8My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 

Isaiah 11:1 1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 

Matthew 7:1-5 1Judge not, that ye be not judged.  2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. 

Galatians 5:22-26 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  24And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Michael Williams is a pastor, author, Christian educator and Biblical counselor who has served in ministry since March of 2000. Dr. Mike holds under-graduate through post graduate degrees in Christian Education. Dr. Mike is the Senior Pastor of Selah Mountain Ministries, which he founded in March of 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (selahmountain.org). In addition to counseling, he teaches how to overcome life issues Biblically on topics such as anger management, marriage, addictions, and other subjects typically referred to as mental illnesses. Dr. Mike lives with his wife Pamela Rose and adult daughter Hollie Rose. He and Pamela have other adult children and several grandchildren as well. Visit the About page to learn more about Dr. Mike.

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