October 2019 | Grace Reformed Church
God’s Word comes to us again today from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, that joyful letter that we’ve been looking at for several weeks now. Thanks to Henry for bringing the Word last week through the meditations of Ligon Duncan. It is convenient that I am learning a lot from Dr. Duncan by reading his and others’ Philippians sermons as I prepare these, so it works out well if I’m gone to have one of those read, so thanks Henry for doing that. Now listen, this is God’s Holy Word.
So here we come to our fourth week in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. We have looked at the greeting, how much Paul has been filled with joy as he remembers them, and then last week we examined the prayer that he had for them. He prayed that they receive an extra helping of the Spirit, that would make them grow in knowledge, discernment, and ultimately through that, love for each other and their neighbor. That was the primary content of his prayer, that God would work in them, all of those great things, the fruit of righteousness.
We continue again our study of Philippians. I hope that over the last few weeks you’ve had the opportunity to read the book, perhaps several times, so that this study that will take months is something that we’re all doing all the time and not just Sundays, feeding our spiritual lives with it. It’s not a long book, but as we’ve already seen, it is overflowing with joy, with thankfulness, with gratitude, but also with rich doctrine. I hope it has been a blessing to you already, and pray that it will continue to be as we unfold it still more and more.