Philippians Lesson 30 - Hunger

Philippians Lesson 30 - Hunger

Series: Philippians
Ref: Philippians 3:10–11

The apostle Paul had one all-consuming ambition and it wasn't to pay off a mortgage, earn a nice retirement, or start a private business. It was simply to know Christ. What is your ambition?

Dwight Pentecost, author and professor for many years, asked the question, “What makes some Christians spiritual giants and what makes others remain the same?” He responds, “Many would believe that it is the result of a spiritual inheritance or personality – they were just born more spiritually minded than others. Yet the scriptures tell us clearly that there is nothing in our nature or personality that makes someone apt to be more spiritual than another. Still others suggest that it has to do with the circumstances of one’s salvation – some have sensational conversion experiences that seem to lift them from the gutter to the heights more quickly. Yet again, the Bible tells us that all are equally sinful and each believer has been equally and miraculously brought from sin to new life; others would suggest that ministry or service for Christ is the ticket, but far too many illustrations in scripture and in the church have shown that serving God can often replace genuine spiritual growth instead of automatically promoting it. Then Pentecost writes, the key principle to growth can be reduced to one word – appetite. Appetite makes the difference between the immature and the mature, the infant and the adult.

From the pulpit ministry of Stephen Davey

This resource is from the pulpit ministry of Stephen Davey. Stephen is the son of missionary parents and was raised to love Christ and the gospel. In his last year of high school, Stephen committed his life to serve Christ vocationally wherever God chose to assign him in ministry. His first part-time opportunity was as a college student, serving one summer alongside his father, who had recently planted a church in Virginia Beach. As a part-time youth pastor, Stephen saw the Lord impact the lives of students with His timeless word.

Following graduation from Dallas in 1986, Stephen and Marsha moved with their infant twin sons to Cary, North Carolina, to plant The Shepherd's Church. From the very beginning, Stephen preached expository sermons, while Marsha created the nursery and children’s programs. In those early days, word of the new church’s commitment to Bible exposition and the doctrines of grace spread rapidly, and the fellowship was soon overflowing with attendees. In September of 2021, Stephen reached 35 years of pastoring this wonderful ministry and church family.

The full-length sermons posted here are the fruit of Stephen's preaching ministry at The Shepherd's Church.