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.
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.
God does all that pleases Him and it is God’s good pleasure to work in us. And the power that brought Christ from the grave is the same power at work in His people, despite our weakness, emotions, and sin. Hear Pastor Nate Harlan apply these truths to the Christian life.
Why did God exalt Christ? Jesus was not seeking glory for himself. He was already equal to the Father before suffering the humiliation of His incarnation. Instead, everything Christ did was for his people’s benefit. Listen to Pastor Nate Harlan’s encouraging sermon on the glorification of Jesus.
How we live flows directly from how we believe. And one of the most important beliefs we have is the doctrine of Christ: Who is Jesus and what does that mean for us? Pastor Nate Harlan shows how important it is that Christ became a man just like us in every respect.
John Calvin said that strife and vain-glory are the “two most dangerous pests for disturbing the peace of the Church.” How does the church battle these sins? By looking to Christ’s example of humility and striving for true unity.