Christians should be marked by the same humility and selfless consideration of others that we see in the life of Jesus. In Philippians 2:1-5, Paul urges believers to be united in their Christ-like attitude of caring about others more than own selves. But this call to be people of humility is more than a wish-filled vision for humanity. It is instead the proper response of lives renewed by the Holy Spirit.
In this world, there are two types of people: those who belong to God as citizens of heaven and those who are his enemies. In Philippians 1:27-30, Paul's writes to the Philippians instructing them on how their heavenly citizenship should inform the way they live faithfully and courageously in a world filled with those who do not know or honor God. There's much we can learn from his instruction and their example.
This week, in Philippians 1:27-30, we see Paul invite the Philippians believers to live out their heavenly citizenship in a way that honors both God and others. Though they have great privileges as Roman citizens, the apostle reminds them that most of all they should live distinctly Christian lives of unashamed faith, persistence, and unity in the gospel.
Our series in the letter of Paul to the Philippians continues this week with a look at what it means to live life in a way that honors God even when our enemy tries to derail and distract us. From Philippians 1:12-21, we outline six things that often keep the kingdom from advancing in our own lives. From fear to enemies and self-pity to a pursuit of comfort, we look closely at each pitfall before seeing the remedy that is found in Christ Jesus.
This week, we continue our look at Paul's letter to the Philippian church by thinking about why Christians have eternal hope. In Philippians 1:6-11, Paul reminds us that our sovereign God is ambitiously committed to the work he started In us when we were united with Christ in salvation. And he is more than able to complete it. This is good news, indeed.
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The book of Philippians is filled with incredible instruction on how we can live gospel-centered lives together. This week, we start a verse-by-verse series to see what it means to be united with Christ and with others in one mission. In Philippians 1:1-8, we see what unity looks like when applied to a community of believers. And we consider what it could look like in our own.
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