Our Esteem of the Gospel
October 5, 2014 Speaker: Series: To Live is Christ
Passage: Philippians 1:27–1:30
Our Esteem of the Gospel | To Live is Christ – Part 5
Philippians 1:27-30 | 10.05.2014
Whatever happens; conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. -Philippians 1:27a (NIV)
Our conduct always reflects the worth we place in the gospel!
Living out life in the context of that worth looks like this in Paul’s eyes . . .
1. A Church united in Paul’s Absence.
“Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel . . . “ -Philippians 1:27b (NIV)
2. A church courageous in the presence of opposition.
“. . . without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” -Philippians 1:28a (NIV)
This fearless stand is both a sign and a gift.
“This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.” -Philippians 1:28b (NIV)
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have. -Philippians 1:29-30 (NIV)
To be clear, here, Paul is not calling us to be more united, or to live more courageously, or even to be prepared to suffer for Christ’s sake.
What is Paul calling you to?