2022.08.07 - Grace In A Disagreeable World

Midway Baptist Church Sermons

Aug 7 2022 • 43 mins

Opening Statement: Philippians chapter 4 begins with two women at odds with one another; Paul settles the dispute by asking that grace be demonstrated among the disagreeable in the church. Now Paul moves on to talk about how we as Christians demonstrate grace in a disagreeable world. I) Grace that Leads to a Resolution of Joyfulness (v. 4) You happen to be living in an unhappy culture; surrounded by dissatisfied, disappointed human beings – you can become a demonstration of the grace of God and the gospel when you face everything – always, with a resolution to rejoice. Throughout the New Testament we’re given several truths about joy A) Joy is given by God to those who are saved. In other words, joy is bound up in the gospel. It’s impossible to separate salvation from joy. B) Joy is an ongoing production of the Holy Spirit. Paul writes, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and so on.” (Galatians 5:22). In other words, happiness is human . . . joy is supernatural. C) Joy is the result of receiving and obeying the word of God. Jeremiah the prophet said this to God; “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and a delight to my heart; for I have been called by your name, O Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16) D) Joy is deepened as believers experience trials. No one wants to hear this, but it is true. Paul wrote having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:6). Listen, the resolution to rejoice isn’t natural . . . it’s supernatural. II) Grace that Leads to a Reputation of Gentleness (V.5) A) The Act of Gentleness What in the world does Paul mean here? “Let your Moderation be known.” Paul is effectively commanding us all – pursue a reputation for yielding . . . pursue a reputation of being gracious when you might even be the one who’s right and the other person is wrong. There is a sense of decency and civility bound up in this command. Do we ever need a fresh demonstration of what this means today! Listen, we happen to be living at the perfect time and in the perfect generation to resurrect and pursue a reputation for being civil, gracious . . . gentle. B) The Reason for Gentleness Our resolution is to be joyful. Our reputation is to be gentle. Why? Because The Lord is near. The Lord is near can certainly be interpreted in regards to time – in other words, ‘the time is short’ – He is near, prophetically speaking. But you can also interpret this phrase, the Lord is near, in terms of His immediate, personal presence. In other words, this isn’t just a phrase of prophecy, but proximity. The Lord is near . . . to you . . . now! In Closing: Paul is saying to be joyful spills out . . . to be gentle spills over. Imagine, the church could be known as an assembly resolved to follow joyfully their Lord who is near and who’s coming is nearer than ever before. Make this your resolution to be joyful . . . make this your reputation to be gentle for the glory of God. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi7C66QudDzbTDtA-DaSQBw/ https://midwaybaptistnc.org https://facebook.com/midwaybaptistnc