THE CHURCH TOGETHER
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the
gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear
about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one
spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.
This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you
will be saved--and that by God. For it has been granted to you
on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him but also to
suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle
you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
These closing words in the last chapter in the book of
Philippians is a call for the church to stand and walk together.
The few verses that are in front of us are very important, for
they are words that describe how we ought to live and what kind
of persons we ought to be; as individual people who are
committed to Jesus Christ and Christ alone. The church as Paul
describes is both independent and dependant, it is individual
incorporate. Paul says in verse 27, "Whatever happens, conduct
yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then,
whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence,
I will know that you stand firm." What he is saying is...you as
a believer are to live in a right way. We will talk in a moment
about how to live in that right way.
But, the Christian life is not to be lived dependant on how
someone else sees us, in essence, you and I are to be living for
Jesus not because we are concerned that someone who is mor ...
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