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Nothing Less

Nothing Less

The Philippians were a healthy church in a great city: we think there is much we can learn from them. Paul challenged them not to settle, not to get fixated with the things of this life, and he pointed them towards Christ.

We’ve called this series ‘Nothing Less’ because it encapsulates Paul’s attitude towards God and His people. Mediocre faith and half-hearted following of Jesus isn’t an option. God has so much more for us.  Working through the letter in order, each preach highlights a different aspect of Paul’s message to the Philippians, and to us.

January 3, 2016 | Nathanael Smith

Nathanael Smith kicks off our new series in the book of Philippians. Before that, Luke introduces, ‘Nothing Less’.

Total Unity - Small Group Notes

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January 10, 2016 | Luke Davydaitis

Paul makes three crazy-seeming statements in Philippians 1:12–26, which only make sense if we understand his total focus on the gospel. God wants us to see things the same way.

Total Focus - Small Group Notes

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January 24, 2016 | Dan Hudson

The Gospel calls its recipients into a new life with God, pleasing him and serving others. In this passage Paul teaches that the calling on every Christian is to “conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel”, and that by the Spirit’s help we’re enabled to live that way.

Total Commitment - Small Group Notes

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February 7, 2016 | Dan Hudson

At the centre of the Christian faith is a saviour who took on the confines of humanity, served them and died on their behalf. Christians joyfully follow Jesus in his attitude towards others.

Total Humility - Small Group Notes

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February 14, 2016 | Luke Davydaitis

Paul takes us on Jesus’ journey from heaven to earth and back again, showing His eternal divinity and incredible humility and looking forward to the glorious certain hope to come. God’s victory is total and we can share in it, even in our daily lives.

Total Victory - Small Group Notes

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February 21, 2016 | Matthew Clifton-Brown

Philippians 2 shows us what Christ’s obedience looks like: total obedience means not just doing what God says, but delighting in doing it. How can we do this?

Note: The first 10 minutes of this message is missing; we apologise for any confusion this causes.

Total Obedience - Small Group Notes

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February 28, 2016 | Dan Hudson

We live in a world devoid of trust. Our lives our built around routines of distrust, from locking our doors to carrying ID cards. Worldly thinking at it’s extremes might say “trust no-one”, because no-one is trustworthy. But God’s intention is for us to completely trust in Jesus (the only fully trustworthy person to have ever lived) and also to grow in relationships of trust within marriage, friendship and church community.

Total Trust - Small Group Notes

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March 20, 2016 | Luke Davydaitis

Everyone puts their confidence in something. Paul says that anything other than Jesus, however good it may be, is total rubbish in comparison to Him, so we must make sure that we put our trust in Him only.

Total Confidence - Small Group Notes

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April 3, 2016 | Dan Hudson

Everything that Paul once considered to be in his ‘credit’ column, he now counted as loss compared to his righteousness in Christ. Through this passage in Philippians 3, Dan Hudson shows us that a relationship with God is our greatest possession, our greatest experience, and our greatest purpose.

Total Righteousness - Small Group Notes

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April 10, 2016 | Luke Davydaitis

Christians are not meant to be original. In Philippians 3: 17–21, Paul encourages his readers to imitate people who are following Jesus. This is different to how most of us think but it is part of God’s great plan to make us like Jesus.

Total Imitation - Small Group Notes

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April 24, 2016 | Luke Davydaitis

Being joyful isn’t an option for Christians – it is commanded! But more than just commanding this, God enables us to be joyful by sharing Himself with us. Luke explores how we can rejoice in the Lord always.

Total Joy - Small Group Notes

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May 1, 2016 | Matthew Clifton-Brown

Christians can be content whatever the circumstances, according to Paul. We can see how this is possible and what it looks like in Philippians 4:10–14.

Total Contentment - Small Group Notes

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May 8, 2016 | Luke Davydaitis

What happens when we give to God’s Kingdom? Paul finished his letter to the Philippians with a description of six things that God does when we give. Comprehending all of these helps us to give with faith and joy.

Total Provision - Small Group Notes

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