Loving prayer - Philippians 1:1-11

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 14th January 2018.

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Philippians 1 v 1-11 “Loving Prayer”
Intro: Lasting gratitude

1) His People (v1+2)

Servants writing to Saints

  • A great privilege


  • A great responsibility


IN Christ Jesus AT Philippi

2) His Work (v3-7)

He is working in us


His work is the basis of our partnership


3) His Longings (v8-11)

Love to abound (How?)

Discern what is best (Why?)

Filled with the fruit of righteousness (For?)

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”

Reflection on Philippians 1 v1-11 “Loving Prayer” (14/01/2018)

Are you looking forward with confidence to God’s work in you being completed?

How does this passage help me to love all different types of people at church?

How do my ambitions need to change in light of this passage? What does practical gospel partnership look like at Riverside?

  • Pray

Thank you that you will complete the work the work you have begun in me.

May our love at Riverside abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, and may we be filled with the fruit of righteousness.

Help me to pray, give and serve to your glory.

Preparation for sermon on Philippians 1 v 12-30 “Joyful Ambition” (21/01/2018)

  • Read Phil 1:12-30

Paul’s commitment to Christ is total. This shows in his determination to see the gospel preached and his rejoicing however that happens and whatever circumstances it brings him.

It also shows in his ambitions for himself. To live is Christ and to die and be with Christ is even better.

  • Ask

Would people pick up from listening to me that I am committed to Christ?

Can I honestly say with Paul that to live is Christ and to die is gain?

  • Pray

God, help me to love Christ more so that I want to live my whole life for Him now and so that I long to be with him when I die. 

Please fill me with love for Christ so that I want to speak boldly about him to everyone I can

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