January 2020 | Grace Reformed Church
We continue on now to Philippians chapter 3, having spent a wonderful two months in chapter 2. I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did! We have this great and healthy practice in the Reformed tradition of what we call lectio continua, in case you didn’t know that is what we’re doing. It’s the Latin term we use for the act of preaching straight through books of the Bible from beginning to end.
Today we’re going to finish up chapter 2 of Philippians, actually so far this will be the longest text that we’ve attempted to cover in a single sermon, and if you’ve read ahead (which I of course encourage you to do) you probably noticed that this next section, the close of chapter 2 may seem a bit perfunctory, or at the very least not brimming with theological truths as some of the previous passages have been.
We return today again to the book of Philippians, chapter 2, and the passage for today, verses 14-18, represents the close of what we would call the meat of the letter, the primary instruction, this section that began back at verse 27 of chapter 1. We saw last week how verses 12 and 13, just before, point all the way back to that original instruction. Paul has taken a few diversions, and then he returns to his primary imperative. And as we read it in a second here, you’ll see how what follows is an extension of that idea, Paul works it out a bit into a few more specifics.