As we wrap up our series on grumbling and the gospel in Philippians 2:14-16, we learn how to stop complaining. To let go of our complaining, we must first take hold of the Word of life. We must know God as he is revealed in Scripture by hearing it, reading it, learning it, and applying it. To be a church that rejoices and doesn't grumble, we must first be a people who hold to the Word.
As we continue our pause in Philippians 2:14-18, we stop this week to look at why our grumbling and complaining should cease. It's lingering presence has harmful effects on the church, on the unchurched, on us, and on the missions and glory of God. The Bible warns us of the effects on each and gives us reason to replace grumbling with joy.
We arrive at a text in Philippians on which we'll pause for a bit because it is a topic we all need to hear and heed. Paul, after ensuring the church in Philippi that God will complete the work he began, warns them not to grumble as God works. As we'll discover, this bent toward complaining is all too natural in a fallen world and often spreads like a contagion. Christians have to fight against the urge to complain with the good news of the gospel and a trust in God's sovereignty.