Paul shows us how he deals with his own anxiety
—Philippians series Pt.2 1:12–30
- Andrew Fountain – Feb 25, 2018
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- How Paul deals with anxiety
- He clairfies his ultimate goal
- Then says “whatever”, “whatever”
Coping with Anxiety about
- Contentious rivals
- Threat to survival
- Challenge from anti-Christian opponents
Expressions of love:
Phil 2 & 3
- Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be encouraged by hearing news about you.
- I am all the more eager to send him (Epaphroditus), so that when you see him again you can rejoice and I can be free from anxiety.
- Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! To write this again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
Expressions of love:
- So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way, my dear friends!
- I have great joy in the Lord because now at length you have again expressed your concern for me. (Now I know you were concerned before but had no opportunity to do anything.)
- I thank my God every time I remember you.
- I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you
- For it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart...
- For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
- Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.
- After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.
- And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”
- At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him.
- Two years elapsed…