SERIES: Technicolor Joy: A Study through Philippians
MESSAGE: The Family Business
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 1:3-8

MESSAGE SUMMARY
No matter what you may do for a living, there is a higher purpose for your life. No matter what you do for work, God is at work in you and through you. You may have a career in mind, but God has a calling in mind. These are not contradictory paths but complementary ones. The apostle Paul assured his audience of God's work collectively, personally, and practically. We are the objects as well as the instruments of God's work in the world.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: May 7, 2017
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Family Business"
Text: Philippians 1:3-8

Path

No matter what you may do for a living, there is a higher purpose for your life. No matter what you do for work, God is at work in you and through you. You may have a career in mind, but God has a calling in mind. These are not contradictory paths but complementary ones. We are the objects as well as the instruments of God's work in the world. As Pastor Skip revealed, the apostle Paul assured his audience of God's work collectively, personally, and practically:


Points

Be Thankful for God's Work Collectively
Be Confident in God's Work Personally
Be Aware of God's Work Practically
Practice

Connect Up: Paul said, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). How does a thankful heart reflect a redeemed heart? Why is it God's will that we be thankful?

Connect In: The church is one of the largest families in the world.  Some estimate there are 2.2 billion members of this family. Just as a biological family shares DNA, what is the DNA of our spiritual family (Christ, the Holy Spirit, Communion, love, fellowship, service, etc.)? Name some more characteristics of our shared spiritual DNA. How should our common bonds affect the way we treat one another?

Connect Out: The famous missionary doctor Albert Schweitzer said, "Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." Talk about the people you're thankful for, including but not limited to Christ. On a similar note, how can you represent a thankful heart for others, particularly unbelievers or those who have hurt or angered you? How does your attitude—good or bad—affect unbelievers?



1http://www.success.com/blog/9-traits-of-trustworthy-people

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. We have a spiritual business—a high and holy business
      1. God's business
      2. A family business
      3. We are part of God's spiritual family (see Luke 2:49)
    2. Fellowship
      1. Koinónia = partnership
      2. God is our Father (see John 20:17)
      3. We are in a partnership with the Lord and with others
    3. Our product is the gospel
      1. Only the gospel creates life change
      2. The good news is that what Jesus did on the cross was enough to get us from earth to heaven
      3. The gospel has changed many lives
  2. Be Thankful for God's Work Collectively (vv. 3-5)
    1. Paul wrote from a prison cell in Rome, reminiscing about the church at Philippi (see Acts 16)
      1. Paul didn't even want to go to Philippi
      2. One woman named Lydia received Christ as her Savior
      3. Paul healed a demon-possessed girl and was arrested, beaten with rods, and put in jail
    2. When the Holy Spirit filters your memories so you see God working, you will have joy
      1. Paul was thankful for what the gospel had produced: life change
      2. Paul's joy and thankfulness were directly proportional to the growth of the family business (see Philippians 1:12-14)
  3. Be Confident in God's Work Personally (v. 6)
    1. God's work
      1. Paul was not referring to what the Philippians did or what he did—he just showed up and God did the work
      2. Poiéma = a thing made, a work, workmanship (see Ephesians 2:10)
      3. God is the skillful Artist who is always seeking to express Himself
    2. A gradual work
      1. God has begun a good work in you
      2. It is an ongoing work, a work in progress
      3. Holiness is not a light switch; it's not a sprint, but a marathon
    3. A growing work
      1. God's work is always an inside job before it's an outside one; He works in you before He works through you
      2. God wants to make His music through you
    4. A good work
      1. He makes you guilty
        1. He makes us aware of our lost condition
        2. This drives us to seek salvation
      2. He makes you hungry, causing you to long for something more
      3. He makes you happy; He puts the joy of a forgiven life inside of you
      4. He makes you holy; He takes off the rough edges
    5. A guaranteed work
      1. Whatever God starts, He finishes (see Hebrews 12:2)
      2. God won't stop working on you until Jesus shows up and we're in His presence in our glorified bodies
      3. God never quits on us
  4. Be Aware of God's Work Practically (vv. 7-8)
    1. Partakers
      1. Related to fellowship
      2. Sugkoinónos = a partaker with, co-partner
    2. You can be sure that God is really working in you
      1. When you stand up for the gospel
        1. Apologia = a verbal defense
        2. Defense of the faith (see 1 Peter 3:15)
      2. When you spread the gospel
        1. Bebaiósis = confirmation, ratification, establishment
        2. When the gospel is preached and received, it is confirmed
    3. The practical proof that you are part of the family business is that you believe in the product
  5. Closing
    1. Christianity is always one generation from extinction
    2. A New Testament church is a joint partnership together in the family business
    3. In order to be part of the family business, you need to be part of the family through salvation (see John 3:3)
Figures referenced: R.C.H. Lenski

Works referenced: Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post

Greek words: apologia, bebaiósis, koinónia, poiéma, sugkoinónos

Cross references: Luke 2:49; John 3:3; 20:17; Acts 16; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 1:12-14; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:15

Topic: God's Work

Keywords: spiritual family, partnership, gospel, Holy Spirit, thankfulness, joy, guilty, happy, holy, fellowship, partaker, faith


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