Homiletical Bridge Philippians 2:12-18

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Homiletical Bridge
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Phil 2:12-18
Prior Context:  encouragement and exhortation to grow into worthy citizens of the Gospel kingdom looking to the example of Christ.
Immediate Context: Christ provided Christians with the perfect example of sacrificial humility and obedience to the will of God.
12 Therefore my beloved,              {dearly loved, prized, valued; special relationship}
            as you have always obeyed, so now      {to follow instructions; to grant a request}
                        not only as in my presence but much more in my absence
     work out your own salvation  {achieve, accomplish, do; bring about; prepare                someone; overpower, subdue conquer} {deliverance, preservation; salvation}
                        with fear and trembling {fear, alarm, fright; reverence, respect} {trembling, quivering}
13 for it is God who works in you   {work, be active, operate, be effective; work, produce, effect}
                        to will
                       and                   .
                        to work
     for His good pleasure/    {good will; favor, good pleasure; wish, desire}/
14 Do all things
            Without grumbling or questioning/   {behind the scenes talk; complaining} {reasoning; opinion; argument, dispute; doubt}/
15  that you may be children of God*  *
                                    blameless and innocent
                                    without blemish
                        in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation
                        among whom you shine    {produce light, shine; be visible, appear; be recognized, be apparent, be revealed; to make an impression on the mind}
                                    as lights in the world*   */{star; splendor, radiance}/
16 holding fast to the word of life
            So that in the day of Christ
                        I may be proud
                        That I did not run or labor in vain
17 Even if I am poured out
            Like a drink offering
             Upon the sacrificial offering of your faith
     I am glad and rejoice   {be glad, cheerful; happy greeting} {experience joy in conjunction with someone else; congratulate}
            With you all
18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

M.O.T.: Christian Life
C.I.T.: Paul reminded them that the example of Christ should motivate them to pursue the Christian life through obedience in the midst of sacrifice.
 Thesis: The example of Christ and His willingness to sacrifice should motivate us to pursue obedience in our Christian lives.
Proposition: I want my hearers to consider the example of Christ and the seriousness of their common pursuit of the Christian life.
Probing Question: “How are Christians to model obedience in their pursuit of the Christian life?”
Unifying Word: directives
Title: “Obedience: It’s a Light in the Dark”
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I. Rely on the Power of God to Live Obediently in Your Relations with God (vss. 12-13)
II. Resist Complaining in Your Relations with Each Other (vs. 14)
III. Resolve to Show Integrity in Your Relations with the World (vss. 15-16)
IV. Rejoice When Offering Your Sacrifices in Your Relations with God (vss. 17-18)
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