Saint Patrick's Church Schola

Lenten 2006 Class -- Classical Spiritual Disciplines

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Text: Philippians 4:10-23

"How To Be a God-Centered Giver"

Sunday's sermon drew lessons from Paul's interaction with the Philippians regarding their gift to him. Paul wanted to be sure that the gift did not de-generate into a way of defining his relationship with the Philippians. He did this by making the gift God-Centered rather than human centered. He set forth two key ideas:

1. Giving is an Act of Worship (cf. 4:18)
2. Giving is an Act of Trust (cf. 4:11-13, 19)

Looking forward to comments!



Monday, August 01, 2005


TEXT: Philippians 4:1-3

Sunday's sermon began by examining how Paul wants the Philippians to stand firm together for the progress of the gospel.

He first applies this idea in his exhortation to Euodia and Syntyche to get along and be of the same mind. We drew three ideas out of the two verse story of Euodia and Syntyche.

1. NAME -- Christian community happens when we know each other's names. -- i.e., a cute way of saying we actually know each other.

2. CONFLICT -- Christian community happens when people get close enough to make each other mad.

3. CONFRONT -- Christian community happens when we have the relational courage to confront each other.

Happy commenting!