Finding Joy in Jesus | Philippians - Week 6 | Dr. Chip Bennett

Why is Paul so adamant that mature Christians should rejoice? Because joy isn’t an emotion and doesn’t depend on circumstances. Joy is found in Jesus’ presence! Watch this message from Dr. Chip Bennett on Philippians 3:1-3 about finding joy in Jesus

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Discussion Question

  1. Has there been a time in your life when you were able to find joy even in the midst of bad circumstances?
  2. As citizens of Heaven, what are some ways we can live our lives worthy of the Gospel of Christ?
  3. What perspective shift takes place when believers realize death has no hold on them?

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Sermon Transcript:

Wasn’t that a special music set? I was trying not to cry. I’m like, “I’ve got to go out here in preach.” Y’all don’t want to have me out here being Pastor Kleenex. But, you know, as a pastor, my heart for this church has always been one thing. It’s to create mature Christians. Christians that can walk through whatever life brings their way, and walk through in a way that really reflects the Lord. I mean, I’m so grateful that the Lord has blessed us, given us growth, given us buildings and all of these things, but at the end of the day, what I really want to do, as your pastor, is I want to equip you. Which is why we teach the Bible around here.

You may have forgotten, but we were in the book of Philippians. I know it’s been a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away that we were there, but a couple of things. We did the Youth Takeover three weeks ago. Did they not do a fantastic job? Amen. They were awesome. I hope you enjoyed Frank Turek. I have a heart to make sure that you all are equipped with things to think about your faith, and to give answers for your faith. But we’re going to be hopping back into Philippians. I hope you’re excited about getting back into the Word of God and getting back into this epistle. Can, at least, maybe one person be excited about getting back in? Okay. Good. I was like, “Oh, no. It’s going to be a bad evening. Nobody’s excited about Philippians.”

I’m like, “Alright. Click the wall off. Let me preach something else.”

No. But we’re going to get back into Philippians. I want to give a real quick recap of what we’ve been doing. Philippians was written by Paul in prison. And we don’t know exactly where he was. He was either in Ephesus or Rome. I suspect Ephesus, but it’s irrelevant to the material. He’s in prison, and the church at Philippi has sent a gift to him, in prison. In the first century, when you send a gift, there’s usually strings attached. So, Paul has to thank them for his gift, but he has to also make sure that he doesn’t attach any strings to what’s going on. So, he lets them know that what they’ve given is actually a partnership in the Gospel. It’s not just given to Paul, it’s given to the Gospel. So, he reframes their gift to understand, “Hey, you gave to the Gospel.”

So, what he wants to do is he wants to write back to them and thank them, but he also wants to encourage them because this is a church that was founded in the Philippian jail. He. Wants to encourage them in difficult situations, and it seems like there’s some stuff going on in the church. So, he writes this wonderful letter that thanks them for their gift, but he also wants to encourage them to learn how to rejoice in the Lord in whatever situation they find themselves in.

So, in Philippians 1, he lets them know, “Hey, you’ve given to partnership in the Gospel. And by the way, even though I’m in prison and it’s not a great place, the Gospel has gone out and spread through the whole Praetorian Guard. People are hearing the Gospel, it’s fantastic, and everything’s great. And then what he does in Philippians 2 is he tries to get them to understand the mind of Christ, which is this mind of being a servant and caring about other people. And he uses Timothy and Epaphroditus, and shows how they really love other people. He says to honor such people at the end of Philippians 2.

So, we’re going to pick back up into Philippians 3. We’re going to only go through a couple of verses, this weekend, but I’ve got a lot of things that I want to say about those verses. It’ll get us sort of back into the epistle, and then we will continue on, over the next several weeks, to get through the book of Philippians. So, let’s start in Philippians 3, and let’s get to work here.

He says, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.”

Now, people, when they read this, and especially people that are paying attention to Scripture, they see this word “finally” and it almost sounds like he’s ending the epistle. He’s not. He uses this word several times in Philippians. He’s going to use it again in Philippians 4:8. What it means, sort of, in its essence is not “finally,” like, “this is sort of the end of what I’m going to say.” Better translated, I think it would be this: “The rest” or “what remains to be said.” He’s sort of being like Paul Harvey here. “Let me tell you the rest of the story now. I’ve sort of laid out the Gospel and what that means, and what it means to have the mind of Jesus and all that. I’ve done that for a purpose because I want to push on into, now, what we’re going to talk about.”

He says, “Finally, as to the rest of what I need to say, what remains to be said, my brothers, I want you to rejoice in the Lord.”

Now, I want you to think about this for a second. He said “rejoice in the Lord” so many times in Philippians. It just seems like here it is again. And he says this because he realizes — and this is what we’ve got to realize if we’re going to be mature Christians — that no matter what circumstance, no matter what situation comes into our life, the secret of being able to deal with whatever comes is to learn to rejoice. Not in circumstances, not when things go the way we want them to go, but to rejoice in the person of Jesus.

He says, “Finally, I want to remind you as to what sort of needs to be said again. I want you to rejoice in the Lord. Now, to write the same things, again, is no trouble to me.”

In other words, “I’m fine with writing this again to you. I’m fine with telling you what you need to know. It’s not a trouble to me. There’s no burden here. The reason I do it is because it’s safe for you.”

This idea of “safe” means a safeguard. What Paul is saying is, “Listen, I’m writing to you so that I can give you some guardrails, some safety rails, so that you can live out your Christian life in the way that God wants you to live out your Christian life.”

And anybody who does teaching, or anybody who’s a pastor, or anybody who shepherds over people, one of the things that we’re called to do is to give people guardrails, to give people the things that will help them in their life. And here’s the reality, and you know this as well as I do. Pastors, we’re human. Paul was human. People who do what I do are human. So, some weekends, we might come in here and we might say it in a way that you just go, “Oh, Chip said that so nicely. I understand it and it makes sense.” Other times, I may come in here and say, “Here are some guidelines. Here are some safety rails.” And I might not say it exactly the way that I need to say it. Or I might say it in a way that maybe you didn’t like the way I said it, and then you get sort of frustrated or whatever. But the reality is — and you know this as well as I do, especially if you have kids — when you try to tell your kids what’s right and wrong, do they always want to listen to you? No. Sometimes they’re like, “I’m not doing that.”

Does anybody have teenagers, like I do? You try to explain to them that being out late at night is not really the best thing for them, and they don’t really understand why that’s the case. Maybe y’all don’t have kids like me. But my kids, they’re crazy. They take after their mom. But the reality is that what Paul is saying here. He says, “Listen, I want to tell you the rest of what needs to be said about rejoicing in the Lord. I want to do it, and I want you to know it’s not a burden for me. To say the same things again and again is not a burden. What I’m trying to do is I’m trying to give you some safety for your life. I’m trying to give you some things that matter.”

Why does he say that? Because he knows that when the people of God gather, there will always be things that can go wrong. There will always be people in the midst of the church that maybe don’t do things right. In fact, there will be people in the midst of churches, sometimes, that are not actually members of God’s Church. And it will always create issues within the Church. And Paul wants the Church to grow. He wants the Church to have the same mind as Jesus has. He says, “Here’s the deal. I want you to learn to rejoice in the Lord, but I’m going to write these things again to you. I’m trying to give you some guardrails.”

Because here’s the reality: Paul knows that the Philippian church is probably going to be experiencing some of the things that his other churches have experienced, and he’s trying to warn them up front that these situations may come.

Which is why he says, “Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.”

There are three specific terms he uses here that we’re to look out for. The dogs, the evildoers, and those who mutilate the flesh. This isn’t three different groups of people. This is the same group of people that you and I don’t really deal with in America today, but in the first century, this was something that they dealt with. And what they dealt with were people, who were primarily Jewish, who would come into a church and tell the people, “Yeah, you can believe in Jesus, but what you have to do is you have to keep the law of Moses and you have to be circumcised or you cannot be the people of God. And for Paul, that was an insult because if we add anything to what Jesus has done for you and I, then what Jesus did for you and I was not sufficient enough. If it’s Jesus plus you’ve got to do this and you’ve got to do that — we do it this way in America, today. We go, “You can’t be a Christian if you don’t…” — and we have our things that we add to that.

Paul would say this, and I want you to hear me say this: Christianity is not based on a performance. It’s not based on all of the things that we do to get God to love us. Christianity is based on what Jesus did for you and I. Christianity doesn’t start off with “do.” It starts off with “done.” It’s done by what Jesus has done for you and I. So, what he’s saying here, he says, “I want you to be aware. I want you to pay attention because there are going to be people who will come into your midst and will add to the Gospel. Watch out for them.”

And what’s interesting is what he says here. Paul’s pretty tough here. I don’t know that I can state it in a way, here in 2022, to have you understand how rough this actually is. This is pretty tough. This is some strong language. In fact, the Jewish people who were religious, when they looked at the Gentiles, they called them dogs. In fact, when they looked at the Gentiles, they called them evildoers. Paul says, “Actually, the reality is that you people that are trying to put all this stuff on the people, and not allowing what Jesus did on the cross to be enough, you’re actually creating a problem. You’re actually the dogs, and you’re actually the evildoers, and you’re the ones who mutilate the flesh.”

You know, you can run around and get on the internet. There are a few churches out there that will say you’ve got to keep the law, you’ve got to get circumcised, and whatever, but not something you and I normally deal with. What we deal with is far different and far more insidious, in so many ways. It’s all the little things that we add to what Jesus did. Listen to me. Either Jesus did what He did and it really is finished — if you have to add something, if you have to jump through a hoop in addition to what Jesus did, then we have a problem, Houston. What Jesus did for you and I is ample enough for you and I to have our sins forgiven, our sins atoned for, to have a right standing with God, and it’s not Jesus plus these three things, these eight things, or get this right, or do this right, or do that right. It’s Jesus plus nothing equals everything.

I want you to receive that. I want you to hear that because we struggle. So, here’s what he says. What he says next, he says this often in his letters. He just says it differently. And then some of the other New Testament writers say it the same way. But I can’t even begin to tell you the shockwaves this would’ve sent through the first century, especially into the synagogues and places like that. Because here’s what he says after he says that.

He says, “For we are the circumcision,”

Now, the circumcision is what the Jewish people called themselves because they were the people of God. Paul says, “No. Here’s what the circumcision actually is. You really want to know who the people of God are? You want to know who are the people of God?”

This is the same problem that John the Baptist had when he was down at the Jordan River. You can go to Matthew 3 and you can go to Luke 3 and see this. People are coming down into the river and they’re being baptized. The religious leaders come to the bank of the river, and John the Baptist looks at them and says, “You guys need to get down here and get into the waters of baptism.”

They’re like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. No, no, no. We’re not going to do that. We don’t need to get down there and get baptized. We’re the people of God.”

He says to them, “Listen, don’t presume to say to yourselves that you’re children of Abraham. God can take these stones and make children of Abraham. You need to get down here in the water and get baptized.”

I can’t begin to tell you how unpopular that was when he said those things. Or when Paul says this. He says, “Here’s what the circumcision actually is. It’s not the ones that keep the law of Moses, and it’s not the ones that physically get circumcised. The people of God are these people. They’re the ones who worship by the Spirit of God. They’re the ones who have the Spirit of God within them.”

Remember in John 4 when Jesus is talking to the woman at the well, and she’s having that conversation about, “Well, we’re supposed to worship over here because we’re Samaritans. We worship at Gerizim. The Jews worship over there at the temple,” and all of that. He goes, “Well, there’s a day coming that that stuff ain’t going to matter.”

He goes, “What’s going to matter is people who worship God worship God in spirit and in truth because God is a spirit.”

He says, “The circumcision, the people of God, are not nationality, ethnicity, or keeping the law. The people that are the circumcision, the people of God, are people who worship by the Spirit of God who glory in Christ Jesus. They don’t glory in anything else, and they put no confidence in the flesh.”

What he’s saying is, “You want to know who the people of God are? It’s the people who are saying, ‘If Jesus isn’t Jesus, then there’s no way I’m getting in. There’s nothing I bring to the table. There’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing I can earn. There’s nothing I can give. There’s nothing I can pray. There are no good works that I can do that will get me in. It’s either Jesus has taken my place on the cross to forgive me of my sin or I am still in my sins.’”

Period. Because see, God’s a holy and infinite God. And if God’s a holy and infinite God, that means one little thing that we’ve done wrong puts us infinitely away from Him. How do we get back? We get back because of what Jesus did. That’s why he says, “This is what the circumcision is. This is who the people of God are. The people of God are the people who worship by the Spirit of God, they glory in Christ Jesus, and they put no confidence in the flesh.”

So, let’s peel back now because there is a lot of stuff that we just covered, even though it’s only three verses. I want us to really take inventory here about what we just read, and I want us to take inventory as people who want to become mature Christians, who want to be able to walk this thing out no matter what comes our way. First of all, mature Christians learn to rejoice in all circumstances. This is huge because you know as well as I do that when life isn’t going the way we want it to go, what do we do? We complain. I’m not going to have you raise your hand, but does anybody have the spiritual gift of complaining? In fact, the New Testament says of the Old Testament people that many of them were grumble relationship. Do we have any people in here with a spiritual gift of grumbling? Right? And that does not mean, if you’re a husband or a wife, that you give them the divine elbow right now. Okay? We’re speaking to each of us. Mature Christians realize that there is something about learning to rejoice in all circumstances. Paul says, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice.”

Rejoice. What we call it is a present tense. It means that it’s something that we’re constantly doing on a regular basis. It’s not something that we did back a week ago. It’s something that we’re constantly doing. And our rejoicing is in the Lord. It’s not in circumstances. It’s not in emotion. It’s not in how we feel. Our rejoicing is in the Lord. I’ll put it this way: God’s presence turns terrible situations into a reason for joy. You say, “What does that mean?”

Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to take a moment, here, and I want you to go to your house with me. Wherever your house is, wherever it is that you live, whether it’s a room, an apartment, a mobile home, an RV — wherever it is, wherever you go home. When you go home, I want you to imagine that you’re having one of those days that’s just funky. Anybody ever had a funkified day? Right? You just feel it. It’s just heavy. Maybe you go there in your mind, right now, and maybe they’re about ready to take your house because you haven’t made your payments. Or maybe you just got served divorce papers. Or maybe you’re younger and maybe people treated you really bad at school and you just feel like you’re sort of an outcast or you just feel like you’re not a part of something. Or maybe you’re going through anxiety or depression. Whatever it may be. Or maybe you just feel like you just haven’t met the one that you hoped you would meet, and you’re just lonely. But you’re there. I want you to be there, for a moment, in that moment of emotion. I want you to be there. I want you to hang out here, for a second, with me. Hang out in that moment of you just feeling it.

Now, what I want you to do, as you’re feeling that, is to imagine that there is a knock at your door. When you open that door, who’s on the other side of that door is maybe a friend that you haven’t seen in 20 years. Or maybe, on the other side of that door, what if it was a family member that had deceased and you saw them? Do you know what would happen in the moment of their presence being there? You’d sort of forget everything that was going on in your life. Even though those are real things, they really stink, and they’re not good stuff, in that moment, that person being there would change sort of the atmosphere of what’s going on because their presence is there.

This is exactly what Paul wants us to see. If we really understood who Jesus was, if we really understood His love for you and I, if we really understood who He was, not only as a person but as God, what it does is it takes a terrible situation — it doesn’t change the situation. It doesn’t mean that the situation is no longer terrible. What it does, though, is God’s presence turns whatever we’re going through into a reason to rejoice. We’re rejoicing in Him. And why would we rejoice in Him? Well, we would rejoice in Him because He loves us, because He’s saved us, because He’s forgiven our sins. But more than that — and you know this to be true, and we all know this to be true — He’s also the God that can turn ashes into beauty. He’s the God that can turn death into life. He’s the God that can turn defeat into victory and scars into testimonies. This is who He is. When we start to rejoice in Him, what happens is the whole atmosphere of our life starts to transcend the garbage that’s going on in it.

Am I making sense? I haven’t preached in like a month, so I’m trying to — my name’s Chip. I’m your pastor. I haven’t been here for a while. They’re like, “Who’s this guy?”

So, let me take this for a moment here and run with this, just so you can maybe see. In John 4, if you remember the story, Jesus is at the well, and a woman comes to the well. She’s been married five times. She’s living with someone. She’s come during the day because she didn’t want to have to deal with the people from the town because she’s got issues. Well, she meets Jesus there at the well. Remember? And she asks Him a question. She’s like, “Are You greater than Jacob?”

She’s at Jacob’s well. If you’ve gone with me to Israel, especially the last chance that we went, we went to Jacob’s well. I drank out of Jacob’s well. I took water out of Jacob’s well. I drank. I think COVID was going around. I was like, “I’m drinking out of Jacob’s well. I’m here, man. I’m drinking from this thing.”

You know? This is like, “I’m reading the Bible. This is John 4. I’m right here. COVID or not, I’m drinking.”

She asked the question, “Are You greater than Jacob?”

Why does she ask that question? Because see, if you remember Jacob, he loved Rachel because she was pretty, but he didn’t love Leah because she wasn’t. Could Jesus love the one that’s ugly? Yeah. When she meets Him, His presence changes everything about her. She drops her water pot and just leaves it. You never would leave your water pot behind. And she goes marching back into the city and says, “Come, meet the man that told me everything I ever did.”

Now, she came to the well to get away from everything that she’d ever done. She meets Jesus and she goes back into town, telling everybody, “Come, meet the man that told me everything I ever did.”

See, what happens is she’s met Jesus and what’s happened is her scars have now become her testimony. Do you see how that works? But it’s the presence. It’s understanding Jesus. So, what I want you to understand, and what I want us to get here, is this: Rejoicing is something that we choose to do. It’s not an emotion. It’s not based on how we feel. Biblical rejoicing, when he says, “Rejoice in the Lord,” he’s in prison. He has every reason to be a grumbler. He has every reason to be a complainer. But what’s he saying? Rejoice. Because he’s seen enough about Jesus, he’s read enough about Jesus, he understands the Old Testament God and what the Old Testament God can do, so he’s going to rejoice. It’s like Job. Do you really believe that when Job had everything taken from him, do you really believe that Job was like, “Alright. Fantastic. I’m so glad to get rid of those kids. They were eating me out of house and home.”

No. He can’t believe it, but what does he do? It says that he fell to the ground and said, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, but blessed be the name of the Lord.”

He chose to rejoice. It’s not an emotion. Can I tell you one more thing? And I don’t want you to get mad at me, like, “Man, he came back after three weeks and now he’s getting all over us.”

No. I’m not trying to get all over you. I’m trying to help you here. Can I tell you something? Sometimes the difference between your relationship with God and your breakthrough is when you come into a place like this and decide, for the first 20 minutes, not to engage because you don’t feel like engaging and singing. Can I tell you something? The reason churches sing before we teach is so that we get everybody focused on who God is, so that you can hear more about what God wants to do in your life. Sometimes just the fact that you want to fold your arms and not worship because you don’t like the way — “I don’t like the way the pastor’s son beats the drums. He hits them too hard.”

Well, let me tell you, as his dad, I am tickled to death that my son comes in here three times every weekend and beats those drums. And I hope he continues to beat them. And you may not like, you know, “Oh, they did a song from the Zac Brown Band. They should’ve been singing something worshipful.”

No. Listen. The reason we do what we do, and the reason we spend the time that we do — and if you knew the time these musicians and singers put in for what they did, and the sacrifices that they make, and the way they pray. I mean, they sit here and pray for you on Thursday nights. They’re serious about what they do. We do it because we want to give you an opportunity to get ahold of God because when you get ahold of God, things change. You just have to touch the hem of His garment and life changes forever.

So, it’s something that we choose to do. I don’t always feel like doing what I do. I don’t walk in here every weekend, going, “I can’t wait to preach.”

Sometimes I’m like, “Man, that was the last thing I wanted to do. I’m tired.”

You know? So, it’s not an emotion. And let me just say this here. Last point on this one here. You can’t complain about something and simultaneously be grateful. That’s good preaching right there. Some of you need to go to the tattoo parlor and — I’m joking. I’m joking.

So, mature Christians really learn to rejoice. Also, mature Christians realize the importance of right teaching. And I want you to lean in here. This is important because this goes really awry in so many churches. They get so focused on right teaching that they forget to teach people about the Gospel and teach people about Jesus. So, let me explain what this means and why Paul says, “Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, and look out for those who mutilate the flesh.”

In the New Testament, primarily when the writers are talking about getting things right doctrinally, they’re talking about getting the Gospel right. In other words, you’ve got to get Jesus right or nothing else works. They’re not really talking about things like we do, like, “Are you an amillennial, pre-millennial, or post-millennial? Are you a Calvinist or Armenian?”

None of those words existed in the first century. Are you aware of that? Are you aware that none of that existed at all? All these things we fight about, they didn’t exist back then. They wouldn’t have even known what you were talking about if you’d have tried to talk to them. What they knew was that what you had to get right was who Jesus was. Because if you didn’t get Him right, you couldn’t really be saved. So, what I would say is this: We’ve got to be able, at some point, to distinguish between good and bad teaching, but at the very least, what we want to be able to do is we want to be able to really understand the good and bad on the primary issues. The issues of salvation.

The writer to the Hebrews says it this way: “Solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

What is the writer to the Hebrews trying to get them to distinguish? Well, there are Jewish people that are being persecuted for Jesus, and they’ve decided to go back understand Judaism so that they won’t get persecuted as Christians. The writer says, “You can’t do that. You can’t go back and offer sacrifices. You can’t go back to that old covenant. You’ve got to get Jesus right.”

What’s going on in Philippians is this: What Paul is denouncing is the attitude that claims exclusive rights to divine favor and bars the great majority of men and women from fellowship with God.

“You didn’t do this, you didn’t keep this, you didn’t do this, so you can’t make it.”

Listen, here’s what’s important for us to understand: The Gospel is that Jesus died for sinners, like you and I, and if we believe in Jesus, that He died for our sins, and that He rose again on the third day, we can know that we are children of God. What we have to get right is Jesus and what He did. The thief on the cross, was he deserved to be on the cross? Yes. Had he done things that deserved to be there? Yeah. They said, “We rightly deserve to be here.” That’s what they told Jesus. Did the thief on the cross have good theology? No. He said to Jesus, “Will You remember me when You come into Your kingdom?”

That’s future. Jesus’ kingdom was initiated when He came. He says, “You’ll be with me, today, in paradise.”

His theology was wrong, but he got Jesus right. Jesus is what we have to get right, folks. We need to stop arguing about all this other stuff.

“Well, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do this.”

Let me tell you something: Jesus Christ is the Savior of people, and what He did on the cross is sufficient for all. It’s sufficient. It does what He said He would do. Don’t add to all of this stuff.

And the reason I say that is because of this: Mature Christians realize the truth in the assurance of their salvation. The thing that bothers me, as a pastor, more than anything is hearing somebody come to me and say, “I don’t really know if I’m saved. I don’t really know if God loves me.”

Listen to me. The reason Paul says we are the circumcision is because he wants you to know if you’re this. Have you put your glory in Christ or is your glory in other things that you think are going to save you? Is your confidence in the flesh?

“Oh, I’m better than my neighbor.”

That doesn’t mean anything. God’s not going to go, “Oh, yeah. You’re better than your neighbor. Come on in.”

It doesn’t work that way because the neighbor on the other side of you is probably better than you. The bottom line is this: Have you decided, like the disciples did — Jesus said, “Hey, everybody sort of turned and walked away. What are you guys going to do?”

Peter says, “We ain’t going nowhere, man. You’re the one who has the words of eternal life.”

It’s either through Jesus or it’s not. And the way Paul explains it in the first century is this. He’s got a bunch of people that think their ethnicity is going to get them into heaven, but it’s not. It’s whether or not they genuinely have been filled with the Spirit of God as believers. And they can’t focus and glory on their legalism and their performance. Our only glory is in what Christ did for you and I. And as your pastor, do you know what I want? I want you to walk in freedom. I don’t want you to walk around wondering all the time. I want you to settle that, once and for all, and move on to other things, to learning how to be intentional neighbors that reflect Christ, to learn how to pray for others, to witness to others, and all of that.

The bottom line is this: If you’ve put your trust in Jesus, what He did for you on the cross is sufficient. That blood will never lose its power, and no man, and nobody from the pits of hell, is going to be able to be able to pluck you from your Father’s hand. That’s why Paul says, at the beginning of Philippians, “I’m confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day that Jesus comes back.”

Rest in that. What we’re going to do is we’re going to sing a song, and I’m going to ask you to do the Taylor Swift. Shake it off. Just shake it off, okay? What I want you to do is I want you to sing this. I don’t care if you don’t feel like singing this. I don’t care if you’ve had a bad day. I mean, I care, at one level, but I don’t care right at this second. What I care about, as your pastor, is to give you a moment. Sing this song. Sing it to the Lord. Embrace the truth of it. Let God cascade over you His grace, His love, and His extravagance. He is a wonderful, Heavenly Father. Embrace who He is.