February 2020 | Grace Reformed Church
Our text this morning comes from Philippians 4, verses 8 and 9. We’re getting close to the end here, and like I said last week, we are in the closing material here. One thing that is so wonderful about this little book is how carefully crafted it really is. Even here in the closing material, there are such clear reflections back to the primary teaching of the book, the material we saw mainly in chapters 2 and 3. Paul “stays on point,” you could say, even when he has shifted to some of the more practical matters here.
This morning we are going to bring chapter 3 in Philippians to a close, and actually also include the first verse of chapter 4 as well. Remember that while verse and chapter divisions aren’t simply arbitrary, they are something that was added to the text later. In case you’re curious, the chapter divisions were fairly standardized since about the 13th century, and the verse divisions that we have became fairly standardized in 1551, so we’re getting to almost 500 years now of those divisions being what they are.
We continue this morning in our study of Philippians. For those of you wondering, it’s the plan for us to remain in this book until the end of it, which right now is planned for the second week in March, that would be the final sermon in this series.