This Sunday morning we will begin our study in the book of Philippians. This letter written by the Apostle Paul to a church with the main point of encouraging them as to their priority to conduct their lives in a manner worthy of the gospel (1:27) in view of it advancing. This Sunday we will think together about the advancement of the gospel brings the church joy.
Title: “God Works for our Joy”
Text: Phil. 1:1-18
Big Idea: God brings his people joy by advancing the gospel.
Outline: How does God advance the gospel?
(1) God creates a gospel fellowship (1:1-5)
(2) God matures a gospel people (1:6-11)
(3) God secures a gospel witness (1:12-18)
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)
Confession of Faith
We believe in one God, the Father, Ruler of all, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And we believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten from the Father before all time; Light, from Light, true God from true God; begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father, through Whom all things were made; Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made a man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried, and rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; His kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who is worshiped and glorified together with the Father and Son, and Who spoke through the Prophets.
And we believe that there is one holy, universal and apostolic church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Congregational Song #1: 10,000 Reasons
Congregational Song #2: O For a Thousand Tongues
Congregational Song #3: A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Confession of Sin
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:1–4)
Assurance of Pardon
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Congregational Song #4: Let us Love and Sing and Wonder
Congregational Song #5: Glorious Christ
Worship through Giving
“God Works for our Joy”
Congregational Song #6: For All the Saints
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,” (Philippians 1:27)