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SIP 7: A New Heart and Mind #sermon #dumcMY

Pastor Daniel Ho, 26/05/2012

This is the 7th instalment in the Studies in Philippians series.

Sometimes we call ourselves Christians but we don’t live a new life.

Php 4:2-23 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. (3) Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. (4) Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (5) Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; (6) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (9) What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (10) I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. (11) Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (12) I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. (13) I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (14) Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. (15) And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. (16) Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. (17) Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. (18) I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. (19) And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (20) To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (21) Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. (22) All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. (23) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

A new heart and mind (v2-9)

Able to work together. (v2, 3)

Sometimes because of our stubbornness / pride we cannot work with one another. A Christian ministry is a teamwork.

TEAM = Together everyone achieve more. Or better yet, STEAM – Spiritually together everyone achieve more.

Some individuals are so good on their own but once we put then into a team, they cause lots of problems.

God wants us to work together and lay down our own personalities.

Able to be joyful and gentle knowing that the Lord is near (v4, 5; 1 Thess 5:16-18)

Some Christians are baptised in lime juice – always sour. When we are sour, we will affect people around  us. Paul encouraged us to rejoice. As Christians, we must experience joy. If we only have sadness and resentment, something is wrong. A renewed mind and heart is marked by remarkable joy.

1Th 5:16-18 Rejoice always, (17) pray without ceasing, (18) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Able to pray and have the peace of God (v6,7)

The way to overcome anxiety, heartache, etc. is to pray. Prayer is a unique and special grace available to the children of the living God. We can get in touch with God in an instance. If we don’t pray, we are short-changing ourselves of God’s blessings. Some people wanted prayers but they are afraid to ask so we should volunteer. when Christians pray, things happen.

Need to fill our mind correctly so that we can act properly (v8. 9)

The Word of God tells us very clearly what we should be filling our mind with. GIGO. G can be garbage or Gospel. Our minds need to be renewed.

Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

We always think negatively. Our minds need to be transformed by filling them with good things.

 Ted Bundy came from a Christian family. At the age of 13 he found pornography in the garbage. He got hooked and his fantasy was soon becoming reality. He started talking women, kidnapping them, raping them and murdering them. He murdered over 30 women when the law caught on to him. The day before he was executed on the electric chair in Florida, many wanted to interview him. He only granted an interview with Dr. James Dobson. He told him he did all he did starting from pornography. As he filled his mind with pornography, he started to do more. Pornography is one addiction that is afflicting with many men and women, including married men and women. We need to face this. Dr. Ravi Zecharias is writing a book on pornography.

We have to think right if we want to walk right. ~Pastor Daniel Ho.

If we want good things in life, we fill our minds with good things. If we walk by the Book, we have no fear.

Secret of contentment (v10-13)

A learned behaviour (v11, 12)

The secret of contentment is the secret of the mind and heart.

The human heart is never contented. It always want more. The grass is always greener the other side but when the grass is greener the water bill is also higher.

To be contented

  • We need to have a thankful heart – gratitude.
  • Don’t compare.
  • Don’t compete.
  • Don’t complain. Complaint creates contentment.

When learnt well we can do all things (v13)

When we live a contented life, we are not affected by things that affects other people.

Privilege of partnership in ministry (v14-19)

Bodly sharing in the trouble (v14)

The gift is credited to the givers’ account (v17; Mt 6:19-21)

Mat 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, (20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The world will soon enter into economic collapse. The way the world is going, we know it is in trouble. Smart people will want to send ahead what we have now into the Kingdom of Heaven. When we are giving to God we are sowing into something lasting.

The gift is a fragrant and acceptable offering. (v18)

When we give with a heart seeking to bless, it is a pleasing offering to God. Giving is a privilege and also a blessing.

2Co 8:3-4 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, (4) begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints

Act 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

God is the ample Provider. (v19)

God will meet every need of ours. He is more than able to provide for all our needs.

Questions for discussion

  1. In what ways are your actions a refection of what is in your heart and mind? What should you be filling your heart and mind with in Philippians 4:6-9 and how will this be reflected in your life? What kind of changes do you want to see in your life adn how can your help others as well?
  2. Are you contented in your life? If yes, why yes and if no, why not? Like Apostle Paul, what can you learn about the secret of being content in any and every situation, in want or in plenty (Phi 4:12)? In what ways is this helping your and how can you help others likewise?
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