Exemplary Christianity (8 of 15) by Daniel Rodgers
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The Book of Philippians: A Verse By Verse Study
In our last lesson we had looked at (vv. 12-16). The title of the message was, "Holding for the Word of Life." Our two points were: An Inward Work and An Outward Witness: Before we can effectively hold forth the Word of Life, there must be a work done on the inside. Then and only then, will we be able to have that important outward witness.
This evening we want to continue with that thought--the outward witness. In (vv. 17-30), we see three people: Paul, Timothy and Epaphroditus. All three of these saints were effective and exemplary Christians. I want us to take a few minutes and see if we can learn some things about these men that will make us better examples for the Lord.
I. The Example of Paul
II. The Example of Timothy
III. The Example of Epaphroditus
I. THE EXAMPLE OF PAUL
His sacrifice (vs. 17): Other than Christ, no one ever sacrificed more for for others than did the Apostle Paul...his beatings, shipwrecks, stonings, his hungering and thirsting...not to mention the care of all the churches. Paul was an example of what it means to sacrifice: You will notice again, he said, "If I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith..."
The word "offered" means "to be poured out." The meaning comes from the O. T. drink offering, where the priest poured out the wine as an offering of the Lord...it symbolizes the blood. What Paul is saying is that he was willing to pour out his life for the brethren--even to the point of death.
1 John 3:16, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
John 15:13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
What an example for us--sacrificing for others. When we measure our lives against the life of Paul, we come up short ...
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