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The Joy and Power of Authentic Community [Part 1]

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June 29, 2020 6:00 am

The Joy and Power of Authentic Community [Part 1]

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June 29, 2020 6:00 am

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Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan Wright as I look back over the course of my life. I had to just bear this testimony for things that I've been most committed to things he calls me most Valley my bits of the hardest things about marriage of over 31 years has been absolutely great. These are what make what's what was of the greatest blessing same on my marriage and and in a single one of you sacrifice motivating as a prima man that's faster at the right to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new life. I'm Dino Britt excited for you to hear the teaching today.

In the series. Unspeakable joy is presented at renewal the church in North Carolina. If you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program I want to make sure you know how to get our special resource right now.

It can be yours for your donation this month to Alan Wright Ministry as you listen to today's message go deeper as we send you today's special offer. Contact us at or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860. More on that later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright are you ready for some good news. I know who you are. You are the beloved of God, I know who you are. You are the beloved in those sociologists are reporting that loneliness is epidemic in our country, the church, the body of Christ the Fellowship of the beloved is the answer we only have one verse today. Philippians chapter 4 verse one.

Philippians chapter 4 verse one. Therefore, my brothers and I love and long for my joy and crown, stand firm, thus in the Lord, my beloved need to know that where the ESV translates it, whom I love that this is an instance where the old King James has it better just says, beloved, he actually uses the word block twice and literally reads as all nouns brothers beloved long for one's joy crown. Beloved, you are the beloved I just pause here for a moment just a little bit of instruction for anybody to grow up in the South. If you're new here were so glad to hear people from the north Midwest. Even the West Coast. Other number things might surprise you about our culture and every now and then I just think as a courtesy to let you know some things that might otherwise you might what you might think a very odd and this is one that might catch you by surprise that there's a rule here in the in the South that if you are a man and let's say you're at a diner or a coffee shop of the waitresses server is a complete stranger to you has every right to call you a term of endearment and we want you to be aware that if she says can I get you some more coffee sweetie that this is just natural. This is just natural that a complete stranger can call someone sweetie, the humorous article in a recent edition of our state author Jeremy Jones says of North Carolinians. We pour syrup upon strangers and friends alike anyone you pass might be a peach or a muffin to a Southerner every living, breathing soul is coated in sugar and so we want to be aware of this.

You just need to understand that if she calls you honey doesn't mean she wants to marry you. This just we think it's sort of cold and cruel to just call somebody you know. So we don't just go and say hey you there was more coffee. It needs to be something a little bit more like can I freshen that for you sweetie pie, and so this is it's a nice thing to have somebody call you by a term of affection when they don't know you at all because it kinda helps brighten your day. Now, any basic term of cordiality that we have can be, elaborated and expanded so just so you understand the rules honey can be honey pie honeybee honey baby honeybunch or just on and I as author Jeremy Jones again puts it well.

Anyone also can become a pie of any sorts sweetie pies sugar pie honey pie or cutie pie if he put pie on the and it just adds to it a little bit so it's one thing to be a cutie, but it or cutie pie that's extra special.

Now, the use of fruits and vegetables for terms of endearment is allowed as long as that particular food can be regarded as sweet.

So for example it's fine to call someone a peach, but not a lemon. There are couple of things that surprise you that you might not think were a sugary term of affection, but it does work.

I don't know exactly why because this particular item is kind of round and plump and unseemly, but it's quite nice to call someone pumpkin my my cousin older cousin Phyllis. She's always call me little pumpkin and I was quite blessed by it and you can call somebody by a green vegetable name as long as there's a qualifying tasty adjective preceding it. For example, it's acceptable to call someone sweet pea, there may be some health-conscious people that think this is the problem with the South. Everything coated with syrup and sugar and they'd like us to think of some more nutritional terms of endearment I've thought about it but it just doesn't work very well. Can I freshen up that coffee little tofu to discuss. Good morning broccoli pie discuss and set very well with this so that you know if you're in a coffee shop or a diner in the South.

Someone who doesn't even know you might call you sweetie passages. Once you know that and also want you to know that if you are in the first century and you were a stranger to the apostle Paul, but you were in the Philippian church even if he never met you. He would call you, beloved, as my chosen term for you and it's my it's a way I would bring salutation if our writing you a letter beloved.

I originally had thought I would try to treat each one of the five descriptive nouns that Paul uses in verse one.

I see the word brothers is certainly inclusive of sisters as well.

It is the idea we are family and we are connected because we have the same father and we have the same brother Jesus. And when your family. If something is very different because you are connected in a real sense, not by choice but by design, and there is an organic connection that we have together in the body of Christ that no matter where I am in the world of someone else's in Christ and persons my brother or my sister and it changes everything changes everything. He also uses a noun that literally means long for one and it it is a word that means a tender but deep affectionate yearning. It's the kind of language that you would use if you were away. Perhaps overseas serving your country and couldn't be home for Christmas. I long for you and then he describes the Philippian Christians as his joy and we learn in Philippians about the supernatural joy that comes through the Holy Spirit in our lives. But what Paul is saying here is extraordinary sin. My joy is found not only knowing Christ. But in you the relationships that I have with you is this great cause of joy, just understand that there is an inextricable link between the quality of your relationships with others, and the joy in your life. And then he calls them his crown. The prize of my life.

The prize of my life. He says is not my accomplishments is not my scholarship is not my recognition amongst others or anything. You are my crown. You are my prize anybody. Whoever comes to the end of their life when they are nearing their last breath.

If you asked him what was most important to them was a great prize. It will always be relationships and so I would love to deal with each one of those concepts, but instead the Lord just kept impressing all my heart. This term that I use of you so often that Paul uses of us and where I want to just focus on this word, beloved, it is an absolutely beautiful word that is brimming over with a depth of theology that makes the word possible. And that's what I want to talk to you about today as we think on this group link Sunday where we are wanting to do all we can to help you be connected and for anyone who listens podcast radio wherever you might be the importance of being connected in the body of Christ only start with this. The book of Philippians. This little letter is very different than Colossians or Galatians where Paul is addressing a heresy and so he's really at times passionate, even angry because he's wanting to articulate the accuracy of the theology of what happened for us in Christ. There is some beautiful theology in Philippians but that's not the is not the principal thing runs through years not principally addressing a heresy is not really like Ephesians where you just have the grandeur of just over and over all of this Christology or even this defining of who the church is but when you read Philippians it really reads, and this was scholars point out is like a guy a letter of a friendship that talent right will have more teaching moment. Today's important series is not actually reserved for those who have no problems or have you ever assume that some people are just born with a joyful personality, so get ready for some good news. Joy is a fruit of the spirit available to all in Christ, no matter the circumstances of life there. Paul was in jail when he read his epistle to the Philippians he spoke of joy 16 times matter what you're going through. You too can discover the secret to unspeakable joy as pastor at NYPD through a life building exploration of Philippians. When you make a gift to sharing the night ministries today thinking the new CD album the secret and unspeakable joy our way of saying thank you for your partnership.

Your gifts are the only way we are able to continue broadcasting the message of grace all over the nation. Happiness may rise and fall with happenstance that joy is either present in the spirit to become a partner today and discover joy like never before. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from our night ministries were in the final days of this special offer being made available to you. Call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor hour and lack today's teaching now continues once again is Alan writing and this is the way of ancient world then follows in many ways.

If we could go through it follows, outline the way you write a letter to a good friend and that's the way it reads. In fact, I went back through Philippians just addressing this question of how relational is it and what you see is almost almost every verse in some way or another. There's something relational. I won't give them all.

Philippians 17 is right for me to feel this way about you all get a hold you in my heart your partakers with me of grace. Philippians 01 25 convinced of this. I know I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith. It is easy that always is language with you. I'm with you if there's any encouragement in Christ with his 212. I'm including 21. If there's any encouragement Christ any comfort from love any participation in the spirit make my joy complete by having the same mind all about relationship about relationship.

He talks about in Philippians 225.

I thought it necessary to send you a path for guidance. He's been longing for. You always been distressed because you heard that he was ill. Is it all about these relationships and they have gone through. I got a mate, written down about 20 versus and you could just see if you go through this whole epistle is about relationship and also we see a kind of honesty with Paul that is very endearing to me and we saw this in Philippians chapter 2 where Paul says that he'd like to send Timothy back to Philippi. In fact, he puts it this way. I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that you may be cheered by news of you, for I have no one like him will be generally concerned for your welfare.

For others, seek their own interest, not theirs or Jesus. But you know Timothy's proven work house, a son with the father. He served with me in the gospel, I hope, therefore, to send them just as soon as I see how well with me and what Paul is saying there is I don't know if I will be executed or not. I really know that you need Timothy right now and I'd like to send Timothy and he be an encouragement to you but he's just been honesty saying I need him. I need this disc) nearby while I'm in prison here until we find out the result of my trial is a very relational epistle and it is a picture of wonderful beautiful picture of what the church looks like there's such a deep connection and I wanted to say that there is us a message that is the spirit of this age that we beloved, must absolutely come against and the message essentially says that you will have more joy in your life if you actively try to always keep your options open. Don't tie yourself down with commitment.

You'll be more free if you don't get to commit. It is hard even getting a bite RSVPed anything anymore and that because everyone else the way to the last second case something better comes along.

I would just like that now. We're postponing marriage because people are afraid of the all the commitment all ill take away my joy when we are we are we are afraid of getting committed to even a church sometimes or some group of people or to because we been duped by this message that says greater joy comes the less committed you are, what a lie from the pit of hell.

As I look back over the course of my life. I had to just bear this testimony, the things that I've been most committed to things he calls me most joy that I might get some of the hardest things but I marriage of over 31 years has been absolutely great if you so what mate what's what was in the greatest blessing same my marriage and in an ace.

I will will what if you sacrifice more to be given as a prima marriage are raising their kids in any parent can tell you this I mean is, you can even you came sit down and write down the number of sacrifices you make for your kids and you just do it. But did you say was also the greatest cause of joy where where is your where is your blessing in your life was Russia's WebKit ministry fits into this. I love you love pastor love Michelle of writing on Teachout. I make a lot of sacrifices, but is so much fulfillment so much a purpose and that friendships real friendships that you stay committed to it it it just means something that I've loved that the Lords allowed me to be here of the 20 years.

This note November and there's some value in sticking around somewhere.

I'm not saying that every pastor needs to do that and please don't ever let me wear out my welcome, but I just I love you and I tell you, there's something beautiful about that.

I like being in one community for a long time.

I know that's not possible for everybody. But I'm just saying that what I have found in life is that the things that I've been most committed to have actually brought me the most joy in that seem to be running exactly opposite of that of the spirit of the age and the message of this culture and what Paul is doing is here is very open, very transparent, very passionate, very affectionate. He's writing to the Philippians is all about our relationships as a cause and beloved, now in ancient Greek world. There were several words for love our language. In English we miss out by only having the word love. It doesn't tell the story and in the ancient Greek.

They had a word for the romantic, passionate tie below called Aeros and in the paganism of that ancient Greek world. The confusion over arrows not understanding it's it's it's beauty and end the wonder of what God is created with this kind of romantic love for husband and wife would also become confused with a kind of a a idolatrous yearning for intoxication led to cultic prostitution. All of this and this this this word comes into the Scriptures in a beautiful picture of love between a man and a woman, a covenant relationship and there is a word also in ancient Greek for a friendship type love for Lane it so word when you receive that word to fill that will route like Philadelphia, city of brotherly love. That's where it's coming from and there was a concept, also called agape and this preceded the New Testament and agape interestingly came from his Greek idea from a word it meant to breeze like longing for and it actually had in ancient Greek idea being preferred is interesting thought that the word that comes into the New Testament for love that unconditional love of God that we so cherish the Paul calls and throughout the New Testament. The agape of God really comes from an older concept about being preferred and I think in so many ways this makes sense as I'll try to explain today for a lot of people have a hard time ever believing or receiving or experiencing and feeling the love of God, I think so much of the answer. This will be unveiled today as we talk about what it really means to be accepted in Christ himself.

And so there is a way in which this love is set apart and distinct from every other form of love because it seated and choice, and I just talk about this a lot, but a covenantal type of love is absolutely different because what it means is that you love someone because you're in a committed relationship because you're in a posture of choosing them is like a parent who loves his or her own baby is it's weird you start loving your child before the child is born, or if you adopt to start loving the child before you've adopted the child and his because it's your child and this is the nature of this love agape more to say about that in a few moments. So the word for beloved is agape toasts is just a noun form of agape loved ones beloved ones and is beautiful. One of the things are so beautiful about being God's beloved, and the beautiful thing about calling someone else.

Beloved is that this is a definition of your life that isn't really about any characteristic intrinsic to you is not really about any of your particular good or bad qualities and is certainly not about any of your accomplishments for the label someone beloved is not so much to say something about who they are intrinsically but it is to say something about the one who loves them. In other words, you can be beloved, and you could be unaware of it, whether you know it or not, the prodigal son when he was in a faraway land amongst the pigs and the prostitute was his father's beloved and so I love this that if you wake up in the morning and you have had a hard time and you have begun to have those feelings about yourself where you see in my worst traits today's teaching as we talk about the joy and power of authentic community in unspeakable joy. Stay with this.

Alan is back in a moment with additional insight on this for your life and the final word. You sold it seriously and constantly desires to label the rights. Julie is an elusive dream reserve for select who have no problems or for those who were born with a joyful disposition actually joins the fruit of the spirit available to all in Christ, no matter what you're facing. You can have the joy of the Lord in the midst the apostle Paul.even his epistle to the Philippians.

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We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Knight ministries were in the final days of this special offer being made available to you, 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor as we would come down here towards the landing of this particular series you find it important to also say okay this journey to enjoy this journey of joy is not something we do in a vacuum all alone. Yes, we become so individualistic in our Western culture, dumpling, and even in the things of while the deepest matters of joy and faith we continue think that that comes but the longer I'm a Christian and know the more I see that this kind of affection that Paul has for the Philippians this that he shares over and over throughout this letter. This is become my experience as well and I love to pray but I love it more when I'm praying with the smell of the worship but I love to worship more when I'm with others love to study the word of God. But I love the revelation that comes in the midst of sharing it, receiving it in the body of Christ, so our identity is we are the beloved we are accepted in the beloved. And that means that there is a community together in Christ how beautiful it is. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan White ministries

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