PHILIP + How would we answer such ‘Greeks’ today?

Two men called Philip; get particular mention in the New Testament.
 

‘Growing up into Christ’ – Ephesians 4: 1-16.

In ordinary social terms: we expect parents, teachers and others to spend much time, energy and money in enabling children to grow up, and become mature, responsible adults.
 

DID WE JOIN THE CHURCH, OR ENTER IT?

Joining a church informally: demonstrates a desire to belong to a particular congregation; perhaps as a confirming sign of personal satisfaction, and happiness, arising out of sharing in something of that church's life.

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS. Phil. 4: 4-9. Col. 3: 12-17 John 14: 23-27.

In the Bible: two main words are used to describe peace. The first: a Greek word, Eirene: largely relates to the absence of hostility, aggression and war.  A welcome situation maybe: but a negative one, in that, of itself, it can do nothing for us: having no power to lead us anywhere.

WORDS, AND THEIR MEANING.

Once, at Ealing, in West London, a man came up to me, and asked: ‘In order for Hanger Lane?’ He knew exactly what he meant.

IN THE WILDERNESS.

Our text says: 'At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert 40 days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him'. (Mark 1: 12 + 13).

WHY ARE WE HERE? Aspects of the 23rd Psalm

From a Latin root: ‘congregation’ reflects the biblical image of God’s people being like a flock of sheep, with a shepherd to look after them.
 

WHO ARE YOU, LORD? Acts 9: 1-19.

In our text: Saul appears not to have known much, if anything, about Christ: yet he ‘breathed threats and murder’ against the unknown, through persecuting Christ’s followers.
 

What is Christian love all about? 1.Cori. 12: 27 – 13.13. Deut. 6:4, at Lev. 19:18, and Mark 12: 30+31.

The ancient Greeks had three words for love: firstly; relating to its expression within a marriage; secondly, to its expression within the wider family; and thirdly, to a general love of people.
 

SELF – IN THE BIBLE

The Oxford Dictionary lists over 240 entries relating to ‘SELF’: about a quarter of which have negative or derogatory meanings, such as  ‘selfish’, ‘self-contempt’, and ‘self-aggrandisement’.
 

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