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Holding for the Word of Life (7 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse By Verse Study
In (vs. 16), Paul tells us that we are to "Hold forth the Word of Life." Let me begin by saying, our ability to do that and the effectiveness we will have on other people will be, in large part, determined by two things: The condition of our inward life...,and also, the way people perceive us...how well do we present our Christian testimony? Based on those thoughts, let me give you two points to our outline. First, there must be...
I. An Inward Work
II. An Outward Witness
I. AN INWARD WORK (VV. 12, 13)
As we look at this passage, let us consider that...God gives us the "will" to do His good pleasure: "It is God which worketh in you..."
We could say that the will to do His good pleasure is motivated by two things:
Our gratitude: One of the motivating reasons for our service to Christ ("doing His good will") is our thankfulness to Him for what He has done for us. The man who does not appreciate what Christ has done for Him, will never be a good servant. 2 Cor. 5:14-15, "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." Paul is saying that his motivation for serving Jesus is the love that Jesus had for him...it made him grateful...it made him want to do his best.
ILLUS: The story is told about a 12-year-old boy named David who was born without an immune system. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in order to correct the deficiency. Up to that point he had spent his entire life in a plastic bubble in order to prevent exposure to common germs, bacteria, and viruses that could kill him. He lived without ever knowing human contact. When asked what he'd like to do if and when released from hi ...
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