We are all prone to be discontent. That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote these words in his letter to the Philippians. But we’re not to try to find contentment in our circumstances. We must find our contentment, and our strength, in Christ.
God as our heavenly Father does not want us to worry. He wants us to have His peace. Just like any decent earthly father does not want his kids to be filled with anxiety, our Father wants us to rest in Him.
Since perfection is impossible this side of the grave, perfectionism leads to either self-delusion or despair. Instead, Pastor Nate Harlan exhorts us to think like mature Christians who are honest about our sins and yet are always pressing on toward what lies ahead.
The doctrine of justification is crucial in understanding the gospel — and in loving our savior. The realization that our righteousness depends entirely on what Jesus has accomplished for us on the cross should fan the flame of our love for Him.
In our beginning discussion on evangelism, Pastor Nate Harlan brings up presuppositions, which are inescapable no matter what you believe. As he says, “Whenever an unbeliever raises as objection to the faith, he is appealing to some other authority besides God and His Word.”
We need to recapture the notion of Biblical friendship. In this sermon on Philippians, Pastor Nate Harlan shows us that Timothy and Epaphroditus put Christ’s interests above their own by being genuinely concerned for the church, Christ’s primary interest.
Complaining and arguing may seem like small sins to us, but Scripture treats them very seriously. They are the children of discontent, which itself is the gateway to idolatry. In this sermon, Pastor Nate Harlan tells us two ways to put discontent to death.