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Sermon Notes

Online Church, Zoom Fatigue, and the Gospel

Philippians and Selected Scriptures

Philippians 1:12 — 12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,

Key Idea: Perseverance is about hope in Christ.

I. Remember the heart

  • Philippians 4:6–7
  1. Consider the sins and idolatries that make virtual church more difficult
  2. Consider how you are training your heart

II. Recognize grace

  • Philippians 1:12-13
  1. It can create in us a greater longing and a deeper faith (Philippians 1)
  2. The opportunity to be a Mary in a Martha world (Luke 10:38-42)
  3. To build in you sympathy and compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
  4. To expand His kingdom (Philippians 1:12-13)

III. Reorient your hope

  • Philippians 1:21; 3:8; 3:14; 4:12-13
  1. Hope in Christ (not in a date when we worship together, the end of safer at home, things getting back to normal, etc.)
  2. Don’t worry about tomorrow, focus on Christ today (Matthew 6:34)
  3. Don’t confuse socially distanced church, with a socially distant Christ (James 4:8)
  4. Have truth ready to fuel your faith (Colossians 3:2)

IV. Redirect your love

  • Philippians 1:14-18, 21-26
  1. Look outward to the church family and find ways to uniquely love
  2. Look outward to the world and share the gospel


40:5 — 5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.