Philippians 1:27-28: Just one thing… Live Worthy of the Gospel
September 15th, 2019

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.

Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ

Paul begins with a command; something that he’s telling them they MUST DO.

Paul is calling them to remember that as Christians they’re representing Christ

Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was first for love super-abounding more and more. The increase in their love was to produce a Godly knowledge and profound insight so that they may choose the best course, being sincere, not deceptive with each other so that they’re blameless when they stand before Christ.

When God does a work in our hearts, there’s a reason: it is for us in bringing us closer to Him and for others that we may serve them better!

standing firm

Philippians, keep your standing in Christ.

Remember who you are in Christ! ACT LIKE CHRISTIANS!

HOW God instructs us to fight these spiritual battles: Ephesians 6:11-17

The emphasis is on what we allow GOD to do within us to prepare us, & the choices we make.

The main enemies are pride and fear.

in one spirit

Paul is encouraging them to keep their standing in Christ TOGETHER in one spirit.

with one mind

As Christians we’re to have the mind of Christ.

striving together for the faith of the gospel

Our striving is not to be with each other, but striving together for the faith of the gospel.

28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.

Fear is the enemy of faith.

Sign of destruction

Coming against the gospel

Sign of salvation

Standing firm in defense of the gospel





A Joyful Reunion Philippians 1:25-26
September 8th, 2019

Introduction-Priorities

One way that we can tell what our priorities are, is what we choose to do.

What do we really dread doing, vs. what really excites us?

“What is the ruling passion of our lives?”

if we say “To live is Christ”, then when we die, we haven’t lost a thing, and we’ve gained greatly

24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

God used Paul’s love for his brothers and sisters to show him God’s perspective.

In being willing to show God’s love by remaining, Paul aligned himself with God’s plan.

25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,

Because Paul has aligned his will with God’s will, he now sees God’s plan in this.

Paul is speaking the truth in love for their progress and joy in the faith.

Continue with you all

Paul is going to stay and remain beside them to help them.

for your progress and joy in the faith

These two words summarize his desire for the Philippians: Progress and Joy.

Progress in the faith

As a body, this growth manifests itself by increasing love for one another,

Joy in the faith

Paul is also concerned about the quality of their Christian life—that they have more abundant and ever-increasing Joy in their lives while they’re progressing,

In the faith

If someone is truly Christ-centered, and “In Christ” in everything that they do, this single-mindedness, which Paul is encouraging in this letter, will make it impossible for anyone to rob us of the joy that is ours in Christ.

26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

As he is released and gets the chance to see them again, they will have even more cause for exulting Jesus, and that it will be on account of his cooperation with the plan of God.





Love, the answer to the “hard pressed”—Philippians 1:21-24
September 1st, 2019

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 [s]But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know [t]which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

This week, Paul lets us ______ ________ _______ , letting us know how God was _________ this question about his personal outcome of this imprisonment to _________ Paul.

This week, Paul’s going to reflect on what the _________________ of his imprisonment means.

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:21 is kind of ________________ in its succinctness.

Paul not only stated that his first citizenship is in heaven, but he _______ _____ _______.

And the ___________ that one lives for Christ, the ___________ that the __________ will be.

22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.

Live on in the flesh

We all have ______ _________ in a day. We can ________ _______however we choose to.

One of the highest praises the Bible gives when it is summing up a person’s or a ministries’ life, is that their _______ ________ were greater than their _________ _________.

Fruitful Labor

“Great occasions for serving God come _____________, but little ones ____________ us daily”. God loves to use us ______________ as the ________ _____ __________, if we’re willing to _________ ________________.

23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions,

But Paul is hard-pressed from both directions precisely because, depending on Paul’s perspective, either a continued ___________________ _____________ is a good choice, or going to _____ ______ ___________ is a good choice, and Paul doesn’t know which he should be ______________.

having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

having the desire to depart and be with Christ,

Paul was a __________ _________________ man, and the closer he is to Christ, the _________________ he is.

for that is very much better

Paul is saying that being with ___________ _____ ______________ is so very much better

That’s the truth, from a perfectly _____________ assessment of what’s best for us

24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

Don’t leave the _____________ before the __________ ______ ___________,

Don’t __________ your time asking God for _________ ___________.

Paul’s __________ for the _________________ themselves, who need him that settles the issue for Paul.

And each of you have ______________ to your families that needs to be completed in a way that only ________ can complete it.

As with Paul, our ministry to our families and to our brothers and sisters in Christ is the ________________ good.

____________ is a ___________ resource here on earth. Use it wisely!