RIGHTEOUS THINKING - Philippians 4:2-9


Righteous thinking results in rejoicing, unity and peace; as we focus on the right things, from the right source, and labour together in the gospel.

Don’t know if you realise this, but the world is obsessed with thinking. There has been a huge emphasis in education over the last few decades that is focused on teaching thinking. How to think.

There is…

  • Debono’s hats.

  • Thinkers Keys

  • Blooms Taxonomy

  • and many more...

The focus of these tools is less about the outcome and more about the process. They desire right thinking. If you get the thinking right, then the outcome is justifiable.

The Bible is big on thinking too. There is much said about the mind and thinking. In the book of Romans as Paul moves from the first 11 chapters of his amazing theological explanation of how salvation, as planned by the Father, provided by the person and work of the Son and revealed and outworked by the Holy Spirit, is in and only through Christ. On the foundation of this amazing revelation of truth, he begins chapter 12 with…

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world (right thinking), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

The focus of the Bible is all about the outcome as well as the process. God desires righteous thinking.

And this is the focus of passage this morning.

…think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Righteous thinking results in rejoicing, unity and peace, as we focus on the right things, from the right source, and labour together in the gospel.

As Ross shared with us last week from Philippians 3:10:4-1, Paul is encouraging the believers to have mature Christian thinking. Diligent, single minded, perseverance in our pursuit of Christ.

And this morning Paul gives us a greater understanding of the focus, inputs and outputs as well as the result of mature Christina thinking, righteous thinking.

Righteous thinking results in rejoicing, unity and peace, as we focus on the right things, from the right source, and labour together in the gospel.

The way we think determines the way we act. The way we think shapes our view of ourselves, and others. Our thinking determines our actions.

So how is our thinking shaped? How is righteous thinking shaped?

What we put into our minds will determine if our thinking is righteous or not.

INPUT FOR RIGHTEOUS THINKING

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

What are we to allow to shape our thinking? What are to be our inputs for righteous thinking?

What we have learned, received, heard, and seen.

What we have learned – been taught, understand, have come to realise.

What we have received – taken on, accepted.

What we have heard – listened too and received.

What we have seen – paid attention to and understood.

So is Paul telling us to cats our net wide and allow our thinking to be shaped all we learn, receive, hear and see? Whatever comes up on TV? Whatever the repeated message is from our friends? Whatever the last fad and trend is? Whatever we have always done? Are we to allow this to shape our thinking?

No.

…in me, Philippians 4:9

Paul again is called believers to follow his example.

We have heard this before in our exploration of Philippians.

Philippians 2:17-18 …likewise… - like me

Philippians 3:17 … Join together in following my example…

But also the example of others.

Philippians 2:19-30 – Timothy and Epaphroditus

And remember that Paul is not just being prideful here.

That was Paul’s pattern of life, what was the pattern of life of these mature Christians – They followed the pattern of Jesus.

As Ross shared with us last week.