Shalom: He is Peace
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Main Point: The way of peace involves pursuing God in obedience.
Exposition: Philippians 4:1-9
1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
1. Stand firm in the Lord.
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
2. Strive together in the Lord.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
3. Choose gladness in the Lord.
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
4. Be reasonable.
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
5. Pray and pursue God’s will with thanksgiving.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
6. Let your thoughts dwell on God.
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you
The way of peace involves pursuing God in obedience.
Are you searching for peace?