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Spiritual Team Work (6 of 19)
INTRODUCTION: These verses give us a tremendous challenge of living the life that is consistent with the doctrine (teaching) we have claimed to believe. A faith that does not express itself in our attitude, our words, and our actions is not New Testament faith. James declares that ‘‘faith without works is dead.’’ (James 2:20), meaning that a faith that brings salvation is a faith that produces evidence in our lives.
The Apostle Paul is concerned that the Philippian believers stand true to Christ. Every Christian must learn the principle that privilege implies responsibility.
According to I Tim. 1:11, the Lord had deposited the gospel in us and we are to make a deposit in others.
1 Tim 1:11, ‘‘according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.’’
The principle of II Tim. 2:2 becomes a reality.
2 Tim 2:2, ‘‘And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.’’
The church is to concern itself with the next generation as well as the net generation.
In Phil. 1:27-30, Paul shows us that as:
1. Children of God we are family with fellowship 2. Committed to God we are committed to the furtherance of the gospel. 3. Conquerors through God we are to be faithful in the conflict.
There is a call to:
I. WALKING CONSISTENTLY. 27a
‘‘let your conduct (conversation) be worthy (as it becometh) the gospel of Christ.’’
‘‘Conduct’’ -- to live, conduct oneself, lead one’s life. To live as a citizen; Philippi being a Roman colony, they possessed Roman citizenship just as Paul did; they were subject to Roman law. Philippi was about 800 miles from Rome.
When Paul was preaching in Philippi, a number of citizens accused him before the magistrate.
Acts 16:20-21, ‘‘And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, ‘‘ ...
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