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#Whatever

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Sermon preached on 3/14/2021

Wearing a t shirt. It's it's a little bit old. I told all the youth group to wear their t shirt. Dylan was able to and then I well, don't judge them yet I realize this theme is from five years ago. Now. You might think, well, pastor Andrew, it still fits you. You haven't grown much in five years. Yeah, thank you, but a couple of them have. So that was the our some senior high girls. You might recognize Julianne up there, and will she be back for Easter? We hope. So. We missed we missed Julianne are. I know she's graduating from college. It's depressing. CASEYD my up there is engaged. It's just crazy. All right. So you might recognize some of these people. I did not know Sarah's boyfriend was going to be here today, or else we would have made that picture even bigger. So there's little Sarah five years ago with their braces on, and there's WHO's that kid? There's Isaac. Some of them have changed a whole lot, some of them haven't really. Her Mom and dad are going. She still has that same look. Yeah, so that was that was our theme five years ago. Whatever. This is my least favorite word in the English language when a teenager says it to me, be saying something and they'll go whatever, and to me it just says I really don't care what you have to say, just be quiet and let's get finished with this conversation. And it always annoyed me and for six or seven years ago I would complain to them about it. And finally the people who did when we did the theme, they were like, let's do Philippians for eight. I love that, let's do that. And they're like, and let's call it whatever and just hashtag whatever everything all week. Yeah, I'd be great. Thanks, but we had a blast...

...one of the great camps. We've been doing camp for twenty this will be our twenty first year we started in two thousand. Pastor art has the theme in a notebook of every single camp we've ever done. Exactly how many campers attended, exactly how many staff attended. Yeah, we've been doing this for a long, long time and whatever. So let's take a look at it in its in its context. So therefore, one of my favorite words. So much better than whatever. Therefore, because of everything we've been looking at last week, in the weeks before, brothers and sisters with whom I love and long for my joy and my crown. Stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends. So the command is to stand firm, and this part of chapter four all flows together. It all has multiple couple points that all linked together. So the idea is to stand firm. And I don't know if you've noticed, but the culture tends to push us and it's not pushing us towards God. It's not pushing us towards holiness, it's pushing us away from God. There are things in the Bible that you might be afraid to defend. It didn't bother me at all. I have light right on my Bible. It has words you can actually even see. I don't know if your Bible has them, but my Bible has little numbers that are now visible with all these lights on. It's fantastic. So we stand firm a culture that's pushing us to say you sure believe, you believe in that. Isn't that hateful? Aren't you supposed to love people? We can, we can, we should, we must stand firm on what the the Bible says. God designed with the world. God created people. His plan for the way life should operate is always better than your plan. Not all of you believe that, but it is the truth. And the moment you believe it, you change from Jesus just being your savior to Jesus being your Lord...

...and you give your life over to him and you go you know what, in every scenario, I'm going to do it the way God wants me to do it and I believe that it's the better way. So we stand firm in the Lord. And then Paul says I plead with the Odia and I plead with Sintiki. Now you don't hear about Eyodea and SINT TIKI too often. In fact, I would say I so rarely hear about them that I was shocked last week when I heard about them. Someone posted for a National Women's Day and listed a bunch of women in the Bible and they included Eyodia and Sintiki, and I'm like, well, they were kind of known for being like the two hens that are yelling at each other in church. So I don't know that like that's the greatest. There were other fantastic women in in the Bible, but I eode and Sin Tiki kind of jumped out at me as maybe maybe not so much. So I plead with Theodia and I plead with in Sin Tiki to be of the same mind so they're watch what Paul's going to say about them. I asked yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women, since they have contended at my side in the cause of the Gospel. So they are great women. They're contending with Paul for the Gospel, but they're in the Bible because they're kind of being obnoxious to each other. Get on the same page and and start getting along. The reason these two stick out in my mind so much is it's got to be twenty five years ago, thirty years ago, my dad preached a sermon about Eyodia and sent Tiki and had two stuffed animals that were linked together that he stole from my sister and never returned. Now my sister's not one to hold a grudge, so I'm sure she forgives who completely, but it just for the rest of my life I will always think of eode in Sin Tiki with these little bear arms wrapped around each other saying, you...

...know, be of the same mind, get along, hug each other, be happy, life is good. Contend they were contending at Paul's side for the cause of the Gospel and they couldn't get over whatever the issue was. Everyone's going to butt heads at sometimes. That's that's just kind of natural. But if you're all pursuing the Gospel, if you're all pushing for what the purpose of the church is, then you can get over some of those things and go well, we're all working we're all working together. And then we get someone else mentioned along with Clement and the rest of my co workers whose names are in the book of life. This is clement. We don't know who this is. We have a guess that it might be Clement of Rome. You Go, who's Clement of Rome? Well, it's this guy who clearly is in Philippi, who wrote about Corinth. So Clement of Rome who lived in Philippi, who wrote about Corinth? Maybe we're not. We're not certain, but this is the clement that you the Clement of Rome that you hear about if you study too much church history, which we won't go into. Move to the next slide. There we go. Rejoice in the Lord always and just in case you're a little slow, and for those people in the back rejoice. All right, rejoice in the Lord always. Now this is important. Does it say rejoice in everything bad that ever happens to you? Yay, I got it to an accident, you know. No, it's saying put things in perspective and your rejoicing in the Lord allows you to rejoice even when you were in an accident. If you put things in perspective, the bad things that happen to you are not nearly as as bad as the good things that happen to you. And Paul is saying you can rejoice because your eternity and heaven is secure, and that's what it's all about, even if the world is falling around around you. So if your mother is having surgery for cancer, or if your wife is having surgery, you're not...

...rejoicing that that happened, but you're rejoicing knowing that Anne as a believer and is going to heaven and her hope is secure. So rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to to all. We should be a gentle people. Now, we had camp a few years ago where we talked about the fruit of the spirit and we spend a lot of time on gentleness, because gentleness tends to sound kind of weak. And what the Speaker pointed out is the only way to have gentleness is if you have power. Right, in order to be gentle you have to have power. So when Andrew Brown arm wrestles with his children, Michelle might say be gentle, because she's saying if you go all out, you're going to crush them and we're going to have to go to the hospital. So be gentle. There's nothing wrong with it. If anything, it's actually a compliment to say you're so powerful. You have to be to be gentle. And as Christians, whether it's your intelligence or your wisdom or your whatever it is, be gentle with other people. Treat them well. The Lord is near. Don't be anxious about anything. I don't know if you know this, but there's a lot of anxiety in our world and if you don't have it, then I can promise you that your children and grandchildren do. And you know anyone anxious about anything? Yeah, okay, I love Kirsten. Kirsten's the most anxious person I've ever met. All right, in fact, my guess is that she saw that the word anxious was bold up here and got anxiety because she knew I was going to talk about her, but she she talked, she shared an youth group. Another great lesson from from Kirston about her anxieety. She is leaving her job.

This is her last week, right. Okay, so she has one more week and she's going to a new job. She's very, very excited about it. And she said this week I was very anxious about my last week at work and what I started to do was pray about it and my anxiety started to lesson and I didn't say anything. I didn't want to interrupt her lesson and go, Oh, I know why, I know, I know, I look, I know why. Verse six, don't be anxious about anything. Well, great, wonderful. You know what's terrific advice to anyone with anxiety? Stop being anxious. It really, it really truly isn't. Here's the solution. The the solution is not stop, it's here's what you do in every situation, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your request to God. So it's not saying stop being anxious, it's saying here's what you do with your anxiety in every situation. That's nice because, I'll be honest, some of you are anxious about really stupid things. I don't understand. I don't understand the anxiety. Some of you would be scared to come up here and talk. I love being up here and talking, so I can understand everybody's anxiety and you can't understand my anxiety. But the Nice thing is God is saying in every situation, whatever you're anxious about, even if everybody else is going that's silly. Don't be anxious about that. God saying, bring it right here in every situation, by prayer and petition. There's your start. You're going to pray to God, and petition means you're going to ask and you're going to do it with Thanksgiving, because you're able to talk to the God of the universe and you're able to say, God, I was really anxious about this job and now I'm transitioning into this new job and I'm not really a big fan of where I'm working right now and I'm on the way out and it can be really awkward. And you present that request to God with God, thank you for giving me a new job.

Thank you for giving me this job when I when I asked for it. This is great present your requests to God. So those of you with anxiety. The more anxious you are, the more you should pray. That's what Paul is saying right here. Pray about absolutely everything. That is the invitation here in every situation. There's nothing too small that the god of the universe doesn't want to hear, and that's fantastic. Don't be anxious about anything. Give it to God. Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray about it. Present your requests to God. And here's the problem. The promise the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds from Christ Jesus, the peace of God. Now, God is the best at everything right. God's justice is the greatest justice. God's righteousness is the greatest righteousness. In fact, our justice and righteousness flow from his character. We understand justice and righteousness because of God. Well, we understand peace because of God. God's peace is the greatest. The God of Peace Will Guard your hearts and notice what it says, the God of peace, which transcends all understanding. So you don't have to get it, you don't have to understand it, you don't have to be able to figure out Kirsten can say I prayed and I felt better. I didn't feel perfect, but I felt better. You don't have to understand it, you just have to know that the promise is there that when you have anxiety, you, by prayer and petition, present your request to God and you do it with Thanksgiving, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and will guard your minds in Christ Jesus. So a couple things in there. It's for those of us who are in Christ Jesus. Once you are saved, then you are able to make this, this promise, because you have no peace. If you are not a Christian, you have nothing to rejoice about. If you are not a Christian, you can be the poorest person in the world and...

...a Christian and you have something to rejoice about. And if you are the richest person in the world and you do not know Jesus, you have nothing to rejoice about because your eternal destiny is hell instead of heaven. So you have to be in Christ and the peace of God will guard your hearts and your mind your emotions. So your your mind with anxiety getting all worked up, and your emotions with anxiety getting all worked up. The promise is that God will the peace of God will guard your hearts. Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. So, if we were supposed to stand firm and if we were supposed to rejoice, if we're supposed to do all of these things, now we're told to think about certain things. You can think about really whatever you want, as long as it's true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and praiseworthy. Well, that eliminates a whole bunch of stuff, doesn't it? Anything that is not true or noble or right or pure or lovely or admirable or excellent or praiseworthy we should not focus on now. That doesn't mean when your kids are being bad and they're no longer being true or noble or right or pure, you just ignore them. The idea is that the focus of your life should be on right things, not wrong things. This has to do with what are you listening to music wise, what are you watching on the Internet? What are you watching on TV? Just go home, all right. So we all got our screen reports today that give you that depressing amount of time that you spent on your your iphone, and maybe just stick a note on your phone that says is it true? Is it noble? Is it right? Is it pure?...

Can Imagine how much lower your screen time would be next week if you didn't look at anything that was that didn't fit into into this, anything that's excellent or praiseworthy. Think about such things now it does. The versus don't stop right there. It tells you to put it into practice. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me, put it into practice. Christianity is not just about thinking about good things, it's about doing good things again, these are people who have come to know Jesus as Savior. They are in Christ. So their works did not get them saved, but now God saying I want you to think about this, I want you to do this. The last versus were about your emotions, rejoicing, getting rid of anxiety, having peace, but that emotion has to segue into devotion. Right, you have to then do the things that God wants you you to do. Camp is great, we have a wonderful time. It's very emotional, but what happens on Saturday and Sunday and Monday. Is there a devotion in in your life I talked to you about sometimes we think of Jesus is Savior and not as Lord. This slide is talking about him as Lord, changing the way you're thinking, changing the way you're acting. Sure you're saved, but now what are you doing in your relationship with God? What are you putting into practice? Are the things that you're thinking about true and noble and right, pure and lovely and admirable and excellent or praiseworthy? And then Paul's able to say whatever you've learned or received or heard from me or seen in me, put it into practice. So whatever you've learned or received or heard, that's all of his preaching, that's all of his writing, that's all of his teaching. And then he says and what you've seen in me, which means Paul's not just saying, Hey, I'm good when I'm...

...writing the Bible, but the rest of the time I'm kind of a bad person, don't pay any attention to me. He's able to say, look at my life and put that into into practice and the God of peace will be with you. So we look back at the last paragraph, and the God of peace, which transcends all understandings, will guard your hearts and your minds. He's going to do something internally to get you to rejoice, to reduce anxiety. But now he's saying go out and put these things into practice and the god of peace will be with you that it's like he's standing right there with you. I always like when we talk about Jesus being with us. Go into the world and preach the Gospel, make disciples. Right, Jesus gives this like impossible job and then says I'll be there with you. I like to hear when somebody sends you to do something, I'll be there with you. So, more car trouble at the woods house, right. So Caleb has a battery that keeps dying. So the first day I went out, that's the great mechanic that I am, and I jumped it and he watched right and the next time I said, Caleb, you're going to jump it, and the anxiety. I wasn't really paying attention the first time, I know, but the father, the dad of peace right said I'll be with you, right next to you while you're doing it and I'm not going to to the best of my ability, let you blow the car engine up. I don't think it's possible, but I do know a battery blew up in my mom's Dad's face. So I'm just like overly concerned about it. And the next time he didn't even call me. He did it all by him, all by himself. Yeah, good job, Caleb. The God of peace being right with us is so encouraging to know when you're doing...

...these things, when people are saying, Oh, why won't you watch that movie, why don't you listen to that music? Why don't you use that word? It's nice to know that the person who told you not to do it, the person who you're living your life for, is right there with you to say it's okay, I designed you, I designed the world, I designed all of this and I know the way it's supposed to work and we're doing it the right way. The God of peace will be with you. That is a huge promise and a huge comfort. So those with anxiety, who are anxious going well, when I tell my friends I'm not going to do that, when I tell my coworkers I'm not going to do that, it's okay. The friend WHO's closer to you than a brother. The the God of peace, will be right there with you, and he's the one who you want to impress, he's the one you want to live for. He's the reason that we can rejoice. So let's pray. Heavenly father, I thank you that the risen Jesus just changes everything for us, that we are now able to live a life where, I our anxiety is so much lower, because we have hope in Jesus, where we can rejoice, because we have hope in Jesus where we can put into practice and stand firm things that are true and noble and right and pure and lovely and excellent and praiseworthy and admirable because of Jesus. Thank you for all that you've provided for us, including and especially Jesus, our senior. It's in his name we pray. Humen.

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