Ayr Conference 2015 – A People Belonging to Gods Heaven – Alistair Sinclair

Just added to the site, the first message from this years annual Christian Conference held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr;

A People Belonging to Gods Heaven – Philippians chp 3 – Alistair Sinclair

 

Outline notes from this message:

 

Philippians chp 3

Written in his own home; Paul was a Prisoner in his own home

Gods ways are not our ways, but from this adversity there came:

  1. Opportunity for Paul preaching to the guards
  2. Some stirred up to preach
  3. Others stirred to add to Pauls affliction by preaching contentiously

 

3 individuals mentioned in the letter who are copies of Christ :

  1. Paul
  2. Timothy
  3. Epaphroditus

 

The flesh manifested was manifested by those who :

1 Pushed for circumcision

2 God is their belly

Both errors caused by the vile bodies

“in me that is in my flesh dwells no good things ”

Paul wrote epistles to 7 geographical locations:

  1. Rome
  2. Corinth
  3. Galatia
  4. Ephesus
  5. Philippi
  6. Colosse
  7. Thessalonica

Paul writes 7 epistles to 7 geographical locations

  1. Romans – fundamental truth
  2. Ephesians – family truth
  3. 1 Thessalonians – future truth

After these truths they are then challenged in the nex 2 epistles

No church epistle after 1 thessalonians – the church is taken home

They were trying to substitute orthodoxy for obedience at Philippi; a common problem

Verse 7 Pauls balance sheet, added them up and reckons them as dung

Verse 9 – found in Him, you’ll never meet a Muslim who will say I am in Muhammed, or a Buddhist that will say I am in Buddha but the Christian is in Christ

Verse 10 if by any means – strong phrase

Physical Resurrection is guaranteed to all believers cf. 1 Corinthians chp 15; ‘we shall all be changed’

Paul hadn’t made it yet!

Paul is a work in progress

V10 – being conformed

Only used 2 times in Philippians chp 3 and once in Romans chp 8, ‘that we might be conformed to the image of His Son – in the new Testament

So important  what we fill our minds with

Verse 15 —single minded and same minded

Verse 17 – get focused on Godly men and women

V19 – the flesh is the problem

V18 to 21 note 4 contrasts:

1 – End is destruction

We look for the saviour

2 – God is their belly

Change our vile body

3 – Whose Glory is in their shame

Like unto his glorious body

4 – Who mind earthly things

Your citizenship is in heaven

 

We ought to be a bit of heaven here on earth