What do you think of when you hear the phrase “enemies of the cross?” What are some ways believers may betray the cross with their actions? In Philippians 3:17-4:1 Paul tells us that we must deliberately pursue Christ.
Looking back on your life are there things that you wish you would have done differently? We all have those things. If we’re not careful we could fall into a pattern of discouragement. In Philippians 3:7-16 Paul tells us we need to stop looking back and look forward to Christ.
No one can enter a relationship with God without righteousness. The prophet Isaiah says that our righteousness is like polluted rags. Because of this, we must totally depend upon the righteousness of Christ. It’s only through Christ’s righteousness that we can enter into a relationship with God.
There are many who like the idea of following Jesus, but there aren’t many who are willing to risk everything for Him. The big question for us: am I willing to risk it all to follow Jesus? God uses surrendered people.
As you grow in your salvation God plants the desire in your heart to serve Him. Then He energizes us to accomplish it. There should be be unity, servant hood, and unselfishness. In Philippians 2:12-18 Paul says that we must put other others before ourselves.
We hear and often celebrate stories of people who go from Rags to Riches. Movies are made and books are written about people who came out of poverty to make millions and went from obscurity to the heights of popularity. But the Gospel tells a different story. It’s a Riches to Rags story where the Son of God leaves the riches and glories of heaven, takes the form of a servant, and gives His life for their sake of all mankind.
When we become a Christian we are associating ourselves with a person: Jesus Christ. Not a church or organization. In Philippians 1:27-30 Paul says that our lives should honor the gospel (the death, burial, resurrection of Jesus). So what characterizes a gospel mindset? Uniting to defend the faith Uniting to spread the gospel Encouraging one another Engaging the conflict
In Philippians 1:19-26 we see the apostle Paul’s perspective on the life: there is something more to live for. He is living for what comes next, not for what is right now. What is the driving purpose of your life?
In Philippians 1:12-18 we see good things happening even through bad circumstances, namely Paul being imprisoned. God takes something bad and makes good come out of it; He displays His great works through irony.
Gospel partnership means networking with other followers of Jesus to personally tell, pray, and give toward sharing the good news of Jesus. In writing to the church at Philippi, in Philippians 1:1-11 Paul thanked God for their fellowship “in [eis] the Gospel,”. He meant that they were contributing to the spread of the gospel in tangible ways, i.e., primarily through their support. The gospel was not only the environment of their fellowship but also its goal. Had it not been…