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Our admonishment while the pastor is gone

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Our admonishment while the pastor is gone

Philippians 1:1-30

1 ¶ Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 ¶ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

4  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

5  For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

7 ¶ Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

8  For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

9 ¶ And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

10  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

11  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

12 ¶ But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

13  So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

14  And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15  Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

16  The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

17  But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

18  What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

20  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

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

22  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

23  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

24  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

25  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

26  That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27 ¶ Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

30   Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Vs 3- thankful for them

3 ¶ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

4  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Vs 5-6 God will work

5  For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Vs 7-11- a compassionate prayer

8  For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

9 ¶ And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Vs 12-20 Paul’s explanation for his bonds

12 ¶ But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Vs 21-26 Paul’s burden

24  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

25  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

His admonishment in his absence…  While we are gone, we admonish you to…

27 ¶ Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

30   Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs…

I.       Live fit for the Gospel

27 ¶ Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:

                   A.       conversation- our very lives

                   B.       becometh

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1) suitably, worthily, in a manner worthy of

C.       Our very lives, day to day should be demonstrated in a matter worthy of the gospel

D.      Living fit for the Gospel

                                      1.       Holiness

                                      2.       Love

                                      3.       Sacrifice

II.     A stand fast stance in unity

27 that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind

A.       stand fast-

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1) to stand firm

2) to persevere, to persist

3) to keep one’s standing

B.       One spirit-    our relationship with God in unity

          One mind-    our emotions and conscience joined together

C.       A determination to be united…

D.      United

                                      1.       In spirit

                                      2.       In Love

                                      3.       For purpose

III.    Fulfilling our mission

27  striving together for the faith of the gospel;

A.       Striving-

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1) to strive at the same time with another

B.       Our goal of strife- the GOSPEL!!!!

C.       note: nothing else should get our energy, attention, our combat than the Gospel!

IV.     A resistance to our enemy

28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

A.       nothing should fear us…

B.       Who is our adversaries…

                   SATAN!

C.       the resistance we encounter shows us

                   A.       Their lostness

                   B.       Our salvation

D.      Will we become causalities our victors (I almost put survivors …)

                                     

                   E.       Will we go home victorious or victims

V.      An enduring of hardships

29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

30   Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

A.       We must face hardships it is the basis of our calling…

Luke 9

21  And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;

22  Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

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