This Sunday @ RVPC

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)

Sermon Text (Philippians 2:12-13)

[12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (ESV)

This Sunday we are continuing our brief series of sorts in the book of Philippians. (Let’s just call it highlights from Philippians.)

Last Sunday we looked at Philippians 1:1-6 (the opening greeting of the epistle), and focused primarily upon v.6, where Paul tells us that God finishes what He starts – “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ” (NIV).

Well, here in our text this Sunday Paul once again speaks of God being at work in the lives of believers. For here he tells us that as believers we are to obey the commands of Christ because (among other reasons) God is the one who is at work in us “both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (v.13).

Notice that God being at work in us does not result in apathy or laziness in living the Christian life – far from it! Rather we are to work out our salvation (to live in accordance with the salvation that is ours in Christ alone by the grace of God alone) precisely because God is at work in us! Even the very willingness or desire to obey God is the work of God in us!

As our Lord Jesus Christ Himself says in John 15:4-5,

[4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)

Apart from Christ and His work in us by His Spirit, we can never hope to bear fruit or really do anything. Apart from Him we can do nothing. Nothing!

And here in our text we see that the Christian life, the life of holiness, can be summed up in the idea of living a life that is pleasing to God! That is our goal as believers. And by the grace of God in Christ, and His ongoing work within us by His Holy Spirit, we can live in a way that is pleasing to God!

We hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday, as we hear the Word of Christ preached to us from this great passage of Scripture!

Sunday Night Bible Study (6 PM)

We are continuing our study through the great historic creeds and confessions of the church. This Sunday night we will mark the start of a lengthy study through the Belgic Confession!

The Belgic Confession is a time-tested statement of the essentials of the reformed faith, and can be considered as an abbreviated summary of Calvinism (not to be confused merely with the so-called “5 points” of Calvinism). This Confession has been cherished by Reformed believers for over 450 years!

We hope that you will join us for this helpful and informative study. Bring your Bible, bring your questions, and feel free to bring a friend!