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Faith Matters

May 31, 2020 | Philippians 3:7-14 | faith

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As we begin to return to life outside our homes, what have you learned about what really matters to you? Having so many things closed and isolated from school mates, neighbors, church attendance, even family… what have you missed the most? And have you considered whether everything in your formerly busy life should be just added back willy-nilly? Or should we carefully consider how we order up our lives going forward, asking what really matters?

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he challenged them to follow his conviction that faith in Jesus Christ is what really matters above all other things in life. We can choose to see our faith in Jesus Christ as what really matters most in our lives.

Overwhelmed by Anxiety

May 10, 2020 | Philippians 4:4-7 | anxiety

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Over the past few weeks, we have talked about how troubled times can cause us to be overwhelmed by fear, by
depression, and by doubt. Today, we want to consider how trouble can cause us to feel overwhelmed by anxiety. Certainly, the “uncertainty” of this time has caused much anxiety in our world today. Yet, even before COVID 19, anxiety was a pervasive condition for Americans.

Are you overwhelmed by anxiety today? Do you have a constant sense of unease? A kind of nervousness? Have the uncertainties of what’s coming next overwhelmed you with worry? The truth is, there will be trouble in this world. But do we have to be overwhelmed by anxiety as we face it? In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he taught them to turn to the Lord when overwhelmed by anxiety. We can learn to turn to the Lord when we are overwhelmed by anxiety.

Unwrapping the Savior

December 9, 2018 | Philippians 2:1-11 | christmas

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The first Christmas was a humble one. Jesus was not born in a royal palace, but in an animal pen. He was not born as a prince, but as a pauper. His birth was not announced before high society, but before lowly shepherds. He slept not on a bed with sheets, but a manger filled with straw. Jesus came not as a Sovereign, but as a Servant. Jesus came to save us. He came to be our Savior.

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he described the humble mind of Christ which moved Him to come to us as Savior. We can understand the humble mind of Christ which moved Him to come to us as Savior.

Fresh Relationships

January 17, 2016 | Philippians 2:1-5 | beginnings, family, relationships

It can be difficult to have good lifelong relationships with family, with co-workers, and even with friends. Many of our relationships end in quarrel or just dissolve in indifference. God shows us through the cross that His relationship to us is selfless, unconditionally loving, and full of mercy and grace. He commissions us to do the same with others.

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, he taught them that they could experience the joy of right relationships through knowing Christ. This is the secret. We need Jesus to give us peace within, before we can have peace with others. We can experience the joy of right relationships with others through Christ.

The Mark of Joy

May 24, 2015 | Philippians 4:1-9 | character, discipleship, fruit of the spirit

Pastor Jonathan Combs teaches from Philippians 4:1-9 on the true joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. This joy is not based on our circumstances, but is found only in the Lord, can be nurtured only in prayer, and changes our thought processes based on the gospel.

Reset Your Focus

February 1, 2015 | Philippians 3:12-17 | beginnings, work

In this conclusion to the RESET sermon series, Pastor Gary helps us understand how to focus our efforts towards God’s priorities and how all work is sacred when it is given to God as worship.

Are You Learning the Joy of Contentment in Every Circumstance?

June 1, 2014 | Philippians 4:4-13 | discipleship, joy

Pastor Gary Combs concluded the sermon series “Diagnosing Your Spiritual Health” with this message from Philippians about the Christian’s contentment. As we trust Christ more and more we are able to find our contentment in Him and not in the ever changing circumstances of life.

Growing in Behaving

January 27, 2013 | Philippians 2:12-18 | discipleship

Pastor Gary Combs continues the sermon series “Healthy for Life” with this message about how our behavior should grow to match our believing. In other words, following Christ and believing in Him should affect how we live and behave. This is part three in a five part series discussing the four areas that Jesus grew as found in Luke 2:52. How we behave doesn’t save us, but being saved should affect our behavior.

At The Line

December 30, 2012 | Philippians 3:12-14 | beginnings

Justin Norden, Director of Discipleship at WCC, brought this end of the year message entitled “At the Line.” This message from Philippians 3:12-14 challenges us to view our past, present and future through the lens of God’s Word and direction.

All I Want for Christmas is Joy

December 2, 2012 | Philippians 4:1-9 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new 4-part Christmas sermon series discussing the truly meaningful gifts that God offers us through Christ. This first message, taken from Philippians 4:1-9, reveals to us the necessary “right” conditions for living a life marked by Joy.