Philippians on Friday: The Preacher is Repeating Himself!

Thanks for joining me for Philippians on Friday.  We’re still looking at chapter one and verse three:

3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

Oh No! Not Again!

Last week I interjected a little humor by labeling Paul as a typical preacher.  Long-winded preachers often claim to be about finished but then preach on for a while.  Paul used the word “finally” at the beginning of this chapter even though he had two chapters left to write! Today, as we focus on the latter part of verse one, we see another characteristic of preachers – they often repeat themselves.

PhilippiansAt Faith Apostolic Church, I routinely get some light-hearted ribbing about my teaching approach.  Apparently, I’ve  spent half of my Bible study time on Wednesday nights reviewing the previous week’s material! My standard response is, “We learn through repetition.”   (And, I’m sure I’m not the only preacher given to a lot of review.)

Paul plainly states in this passage that he is repeating something he’d already taught the Philippians:

To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

Paul didn’t mind reviewing things he had already told the Philippians. Nor did he apologize for it.  He also told the Philippians it would be to their benefit:

To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

The Value of Repetition

Paul knew the value of repetition in teaching. He knew we all learn through repetition. And there are many truths of God’s Word that we need to hear over and over. Some things are so important we should be reminded of them regularly. Remember what Peter said in 2 Peter 1:12-13:

12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

The Jewish people call it the “Shema.” It is the foundation of the Old Testament teaching:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

The truth of one God and the command to love God with all one’s heart, soul, and might are of upmost importance. God instructed His people to teach these truths repeatedly:

 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

How important are these precepts? We are told to speak them to our children many times each day! There is nothing wrong with reiterating important truths of God’s Word. Paul said there is safety in such an approach.

Lessons from The Lord’s Supper

Why did Jesus establish the sacrament of The Lord’s Supper and instruct His Philippiansdisciples to continue celebrating it until His return? It is because you cannot overemphasize foundational precepts like the Cross, forgiveness, the Blood, grace, and healing.

We certainly hear the philosophies of the world over and over! We are relentlessly bombarded with anti-Christ and anti-Christian sentiment. The constant barrage of the enemy’s agenda as well as the pressures and cares of life can erode our focus.  It’s necessary to be reminded of the very truths that set us free and give us daily victory.

We need to hear God’s Word every day. We need reminded of things we’ve previously been taught. There is nothing wrong with your pastor repeating things you’ve heard before. Don’t ever let the attitude or thought, “Oh, pastor, I’ve heard this before,” cause you to tune out what is being preached. Being reminded of the glorious truths of God’s Kingdom is a blessed thing!

~Matthew Ball

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4 thoughts on “Philippians on Friday: The Preacher is Repeating Himself!

  1. Amen Pastor! I continue to pray for God’s wisdom and knowledge to be revealed, and if that is through the repetition of my pastor or a brother with God’s word, it’s just an indication of my hard headedness, lack of understanding and need for whatever is being repeated! So as the Lord leads, PLEASE KEEP ON REPEATING PASTOR!

    • Thanks, so much Brother for your kind feedback and encouragement. We all need God’s Word repeated to us over and over! We love and appreciate you and are so glad God led you to FAC! ~Pastor Ball

  2. In management we use the phrase “repetition is the mother of all learning” quite often.
    Thank you for your posts! I love them.