Healing Relationships (04) - Exercising a Renewed Mind (Phil. 4)

Date: 3/29/2015
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Sermon: Healing Relationships (04): Exercising Renewal

Know the Six Principles of Reconciliation that Heal Relationships: PEOPLE
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Healing relationships demands that after reconciliation is confirmed, from that point forward we must live in a renewed way in order to restore trust. One biblical process for renewal is found in Philippians 4:1–9 -

“So therefore, my loved ones, my brethren, whom I long to see, you are my joy and my crown; in this way, stand firm in the Lord, my loved ones: I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to think together in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you also, my yoke-fellow [pastor], take hold of these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 [You all] continually be glad [that you are] in the Lord; again I will repeat, be glad. 5 [You all] Let your gentle, patient side be seen by everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Stop worrying about things and pray about everything specifically with thankfulness so that what you ask for [instead of worry about] is made known to God. 7 And [then] the peace of God, which exceeds all your thinking, will protect your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Last of these [exhortations on how to stand firm], beloved, [in such problems] envision whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, [see in this] what is excellent and glorious. 9 Keep on putting into practice the things that you have been discipled in and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”

A. Think together [peace of mind] in the Lord.
  B. Pastoral intervention of the peace disruptors (these women).
    C. View this with Joy in the Lord.
       > Pray and the Peace of God will guard you.
    C’. View the true, good, beautiful.
  B’. Pastoral model, practice what you saw in me.
A’. The Lord of peace will be with you.

Praise - Rehearse praise and gratitude for being “in the Lord” (v4).
Patience - Repent of impatience and be more gentle, long-suffering, and patiently loving (v5).
Petitions - Replace worries with thankful, specific petitions (v6).
Peace - Rest with God, after committing these matters in prayer and receive/accept His peace by faith (v7).
Positivity - Renew your view of the problem by envisioning and taking into account the truth, goodness and beauty of your situation (v8).
Practicality - Reflect on and identify good models of peace-creating behavior (v9).

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more