Friday, December 10, 2021

Men's Fellowship | Philippians 4:6-7

Men's Fellowship

Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7

1. We must put off anxiety which is sin.
(Ang labis na pag-alaala ay kasalanan)

“Be anxious for nothing.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that anxiety stems from a lack of faith and from a wrong focus on the things of this world instead of on the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:25-34, especially verses 30 & 33). If we excuse our anxieties by saying, “Well, it’s only human,” or, “Anybody would feel anxious in this situation,” we will not overcome it because we are not confronting the root cause of it, namely, our sin of not believing God and of not seeking first His kingdom and righteousness.

2. We must practice prayer with thankfulness about every concern.
( Lubos nating maging kasanayan na manalanging may pagpapasalamat sa ating mga pangangailangan ). 

Paul mentions four Greek words for prayer which overlap in meaning and yet are helpful to distinguish: Prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, and requests.

3. We are promised God’s incomparable peace when we pray.
( Tayo ay pinangakuan ng kapayapaan ng Diyos tuwing mananalangin. ). 

“The peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). This is not some psychological peace gained through coping techniques. The Christian psychiatrists I mentioned earlier give all sorts of “common sense” and psychological methods (alongside the “spiritual”) that you can use to alleviate your anxiety, including picking a phrase (any phrase will do, they say) and repeating it over and over. This is just thinly disguised Transcendental Meditation!

We have Men's fellowship every Friday at 8PM. If you are a married man/head of the family, you are very much welcome to join. Just send us a message.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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