Philippians Lecture 12 – Salvation and Worry

Paul discusses how to live and work, day-by-day, depending on God and thereby shining out against the crookedness and perversity of the world. He also mentions his two loyal disciples, Timothy and Epaprhoditus. Epaproditus nearly died from sickness and is coming back to Philippi to assauge concerns from the community about his health. These human worries, if continually brought to Christ in prayer, are fundamentally compatible with the Christian life.

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Philippians Lecture 10 – Unity as Witness

Paul exhorts the Philippians stand firm with one another and to be of one mind in the strongest rhetorical terms. Unity in Christ is a witness to Christ and the lack of unity is a scandal. Real love (not sentimental love) binds Christians one to another. All of us should have the same disposition, the same love, of the same soul, and the same mind. We are to put to death our own selfishness, and put others in our Christian community first.

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Philippians Lecture 9 – Spiritual Unity

Paul has concerns about unity breaking down in Philippians at a spiritual level. They have suffered years of persecution and poverty. Paul comforts them in this, saying it is a sign from God. They have been granted suffering for Him, and the evildoers will be punished.

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Philippians Lecture 8 – Glory to God through Chains

Paul calls for the Philippians’ love to grow and abound in knowledge and in understanding. He discusses suffering, giving joy that his imprisonment has led his preaching the Gospel to have such a wide reach. He argues that persecution is a privilege and a sign of one’s devotion to Christ.

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Philippians Lecture 7 – Paul’s Thanksgiving

Paul is incredibly thankful to God for Philippi, and thankful for God’s grace and work through them. This thankfulness buoys him as he serves his prison sentence, and is a model for us as we are called to “rejoice always and in everything give thanks.”

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Philippians Lecture 6 – Salutations

Paul introduces himself and Timothy as servants of Christ Jesus, and the significance of this title is discussed. The letter is addressed to the entire community, not just the overseers and deacons. They are all saints, through grace in Jesus Christ. The titles of overseer and deacon also have different connotations in that time than today.

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Philippians Lecture 5 – Introducing the Church of Philippi

Paul maintains a warm friendship with the church of Philippi. They are poor and persecuted but joyful and generous beyond their means. Paul’s letter to them, written from prison, reflects that effusive joy. Some references to Philippi in the other letters are discussed.

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Encountering Jesus Christ in the Gospels

Encountering Jesus Christ in the Gospels

Ten sessions with instructors David Higbee & Ted Janiszewski

What a compelling image emerges from a study of the gospel story – when we see Jesus Christ in more than small snippets. In eleven sessions, we want to reflect on the picture of our Lord given in the four gospels in order to come to a deeper appreciation and a more vital apprehension of Christ himself.

See the flyer for more details, and note the new location for our Tuesday night classes.

Begins the Week of January 24th

in these locations:

– at the St. Irenaeus Center in Rochester –

Tuesday Evenings: 7:15–8:50 PM

at 542 Blossom Rd.

– in Charlotte –

Wednesday Evenings: 7:15–8:50 PM at 294 Burley Rd. (off Lake Ave.)

(just north of Riverside Cemetery)

– at the St. Irenaeus Center in Rochester –

Thursday Mornings: 9:30–11:10 AM at 542 Blossom Rd.

 

Price: We suggest $5.00 a session, but only pay what you can afford.

College students attend free!