- Memorizing Bible verses helps us make right choices. (Week 21)
- Jesus wants us to follow him and tell others about him. (Week 22)
- Keep our focus on God. (Week 27)
. . . Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8 B
Wow our journey through God’s Big narrative is almost over just two more weeks. Before returning to heaven Jesus told The Disciples to go and tell (week 33). Last week we learned about how the Gospel spread all over the world.
Believers began to be called Christians or Christ followers. As the church grew Peter, Paul, and John would visit the new groups of believers in near by towns. They wrote letters to groups of believers that lived farther away.
Philippians is my favorite book in the Bible. Let’s look at one of my favorite scripture passages.
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:4-9 NLT
- What is the first command by Paul? (v. 4)
- What should we do instead of worry? (v. 5)
- What should you think about? (v. 8)
Timothy was a young man that Paul mentored. Timothy even accompanied Paul on some mission trips. Timothy was the pastor in Ephesus. Some of the people do not respect Timothy because of his age. We do not know how old Timothy was but most likely he was in his 20s.
11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.1 Timothy 4:11-13 NLT
This is another one of my favorite passages. The cool thing about this passage is that it is a reminder we can serve God at any age.