"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

March 24, 2019

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he refers to God twenty-two times. In eighteen of those mentions, He is simply “God.” Three times He is called God “our Father.” But once, in our passage this Sunday, Paul calls Him “the God of peace.”

“…and the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9).”

What our triune God has always known as Father, Son, and Spirit – peace – He wants us to experience. That’s how Paul’s letter began, remember?

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:3).”

It begins with God making peace with us through Christ by the shedding of His blood for our sin and securing us in His perfect love. And His desire is that this peace would have a ripple effect among His children. I think this is just one way a local church becomes “a colony of our heavenly home.”

Jason Oakes will be preaching this Sunday and Kenny Clark will be leading us in sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And would you read the passage for Sunday (4:2-9) ahead of time and pray for our people and all who will be visiting? Pray that the God of peace would cause peace to increase and abound in our hearts, in our homes, and within our church. Pray that God would “guard our hearts and minds” with His peace in Christ Jesus.

Thank you, Grace. See you Sunday. Come hungry!

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)