WHAT THE WORLD THINKS VS WHAT GOD THINKS OF THE SAINTS: 1 Corinthians 4-13

YOU WILL BE SLANDERED AND YOU MUST ENTREAT: 1 Corinthians 4:13

YOU WILL BE REVILED, AND YOU MUST BLESS: 1 Corinthians 4:12

THE COST AND PAY OF BELONGING TO CHRIST: 1 Corinthians 4:10-12

THE UGLINESS OF PRIDE AND THE BEAUTY OF HUMILITY: 1 Corinthians 4:6

WE MUST REDISCOVER THE SCRIPTURES AND APPLY THEM: 2 KINGS 22:8-11

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WE MUST SEEK THE HEALTH OF THE CHURCH: 2 Kings 22:3-7 & 1 Peter 2:5

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HIS STEADFAST LOVE ENDURES FOREVER: Psalm 100

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

VERSE 1
All hail the power of Jesus’ name! 
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

VERSE 2 
O seed of Israel’s chosen race

now ransomed from the fall, 

hail him who saves you by his grace,
 and crown him Lord of all.

Hail him who saves you by his grace,
 and crown him Lord of all!

VERSE 3 
Let every tongue and every tribe responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!

VERSE 4 
Oh, that with all the sacred throng we at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.

PHILIPPIANS: the surpassing worth of knowing Christ

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is laser-focussed on “the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:8). In this letter, he reminds the Philippians who Jesus is, what He has done, and what that means for those who belong to Him. Paul is pouring his heart out while sitting in a prison cell for the sake of the gospel. To think—one of his most encouraging epistles was written while in chains!

In Philippians Paul presents Jesus as the one who makes us saints (1:1), works in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure (2:13), and as the one who will bring us to completion when He returns (1:6) having secured our citizenship in heaven (3:20-21). In other words, He has justified us, is sanctifying us, and will one day glorify us to the glory of God the Father.

But that is not all Philippians contains. In this heartfelt correspondence, Paul explicitly reveals the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus personally. He proclaims knowing Jesus is better than being free from prison or free from suffering (1:13, 29). Being like Christ is superior to being selfish or apathetic (2:3,12). Cherishing the Lord exceeds clinging to self-righteousness or obtaining worldly gain (3:3-8). Being accepted by Christ Jesus the Lord is more desirable than living in the past with regret or living now for the praise of men (3:12-19). The great promise of Philippians is this: if you know Jesus personally you have everything you need for everlasting happiness. You can suffer, hunger, be brought low or in great need—and yet joyfully face it all through Christ who strengthens you (4:12-13).

Jesus accomplished all of this by emptying himself of his glory, taking the form of a servant, and submitting to death on a cross for our sakes (2:7-8). Great was the cost and great are the promises he bought! May God use this study of Philippians to broaden our understanding of who Jesus is, grow our desire for holiness, strengthen our hands to serve one another, and deepen our love for Jesus as the one of surpassing worth.

  1. SLAVES AND SAINTS: Philippians 1:1-5
  2. HE WILL BRING IT TO COMPLETION: Philippians 1:6-8
  3. PAUL’S PRAYER: Philippians 1:9-11
  4. THE ADVANCE OF THE GOSPEL: Philippians 1:12-14
  5. IF CHRIST BE PROCLAIMED, WE MUST REJOICE: Philippians 1:15-18a
  6. TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN: Philippians 1:18b-26
  7. LIVE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL: Philippians 1:27-30
  8. COUNT OTHERS MORE SIGNIFICANT: Philippians 2:1-4
  9. CHRIST’S EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY: Philippians 2:4-11
  10. WORK, FOR IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU: Philippians 2:12-13
  11. LIGHTS IN THE WORLD: Philippians 2:14-18
  12. FAITHFUL LABORERS (pt.1): Philippians 2:19-24
  13. FAITHFUL LABORERS (pt.2): Philippians 2:25-30
  14. TRUE AND FALSE CHRISTIANS: Philippians 3:1-3
  15. YOU CANNOT SAVE YOU: Philippians 3:4-7
  16. THE SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST: Philippians 3:8-9
  17. THAT I MAY KNOW HIM: Philippians 3:10-11
  18. HOW AND WHY YOU MUST PRESS ON: Philippians 3:12-16 
  19. OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN: Philippians 3:17–19
  20. WE MUST STAND FIRM IN UNITY: Philippians 4:1-3
  21. WE MUST STAND FIRM BY REJOICING, TRUSTING, AND PRAYING: Philippians 4:4-7
  22. WE MUST STAND FIRM MY THINKING: Philippians 4:8
  23. WE MUST STAND FIRM MY DOING: Philippians 4:9
  24. THE SECRET OF FACING ALL THINGS WITH JOY: Philippians 4:10-13
  25. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME: Philippians 4:13
  26. SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE AND PLEASING TO GOD: Philippians 4:14-23

Ekklesia Muskogee is a reformed baptist church that gathers for worship in Muskogee, Oklahoma. We confess the 1689 second London baptist confession of faith. We affirm the five solas of the Reformation as well as the doctrines of grace (otherwise known as the five points of Calvinism), and each of our pastors would not be ashamed to be called a Calvinist. We are a church led by elders, of which there is a plurality (also called pastors and overseers in the Scriptures). Our mission is to make disciples, love cities, and plant churches.