Being Thankful, Causing Thankfulness

Being Thankful, Causing Thankfulness

Bible Text: Philippians 1:3-5

  • Acts 16:1(10)-40 — founding of church at Philippi during 2nd “missionary” journey
    • Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke
    • Lydia, girl, and jailor
  • Luke apparently stays here
  • Gifts sent to Paul at Thessalonica twice
  • Timothy and Silas sent back to Thessalonica and Philippi various times
  • Paul probably stops through on way back to Jerusalem on 3rd journey
  • Paul jailed in Caesarea (2yrs)
  • Paul sails to Rome
  • Under “house arrest” in Rome (2yrs)
  • Paul’s circumstances worsen toward end of first imprisonment
  • Philippians send gift to Paul with Epaphroditus (gets sick, they hear, etc.)
  • Paul writes Philippians

Vs. 1:1-2 – Servants, Saints, Salutations (Grace, Peace)

I thank my God

  • upon every remembrance of you, (Which, When)
    • Repetition (recent Epaphroditus and gift)
    • Relationships
    • Everytime and all of them make me thankful
  • always in every prayer of mine for you all (making request with joy,) (Where, How)
    • Every memory and prayer was joyful
    • It brings joy to make requests for others
      • It is more blessed to give than to receive
      • Even in prayer, there is more joy in asking for others, for Christ’s sake also
  • for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; (Why)
    • Fellowship=Communion/Participation
    • Receiving
      • Apostle, chief of sinners, never forgot where he’d come from
      • Prophet
      • Young man
      • Doctor
      • Wealthy businesswoman
      • Demon-possessed slave girl
      • Roman prison guard
      • Sons of God; joint heirs with Christ
    • Financing
      • Acts 16:14-15
      • Philippians 4:15-16
      • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
      • Prayers vs. 1:19
      • Philippians 4:10-11
      • Epaphroditus vs. 2:25
    • Relating
      • Witness vs. 1:27; 2:15
      • Worship vs. 2:17-18
      • Suffering vs. 1:29-30

Are you thankful? Paul was.

  • A sin of pagan idolaters – Romans 1:21
  • A sin of the last days – 2 Timothy 3:2

Are you causing thankfulness? The Philippians did.

  • Receive the gospel; obey it; it will change you
  • Finance the gospel (out of poverty)
    • Give money
    • Give sons
    • Give time
    • Give ability
  • Spread the gospel
    • True worship
    • Real witnessing
    • Graceful suffering

being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

  • even 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. 

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

And this I pray,

  • that your love may abound yet more and more
    • in knowledge and
    • in all judgment;
  • that ye may approve things that are excellent;
  • that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
  • being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ,
  • unto the glory and praise of God.