This past Sunday, I continued my exposition on the book of Philippians with a message on the prayer report of Paul recorded in Philippians 1:9-11.
Here is the sermon skeleton.
TITLE: Praying for God’s Best
TEXT: Philippians 1:9-11
SERMON SERIES: PHILIPPIANS: PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL
THEME: A prayer for spiritual growth and maturity
POINT: Pray for God’s best. (God accomplishes his best with our partnership through believing prayer.)
TRANSITIONAL SENTENCE: Philippians 1:9-11 teaches us three ways to pray for God’s best.
I. Pray that love may abound (1:9)
A. True love goes beyond the boundaries: “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more“
B. True love stays within the boundaries: “with knowledge and all discernment”
1. Love should be governed by knowledge.
2. Love should be governed by discernment.
II. Pray that excellence may prevail (1:10)
A. God wants you to know what is best: “so that you may approve what is excellent”
B. God wants you to do what is best: “and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ”
1. Live with sincerity
2. Live with integrity
III. Pray that fruit may grow (1:11)
A. The priority of the fruitful life: “filled with the fruit of righteousness”
B. The power of the fruitful life: “that comes through Jesus Christ”
C. The purpose of the fruitful life “to the glory and praise of God”
1. We are to exalt the majesty of who God is: “glory”
2. We are to exalt the power of what God has done: “praise“