Be Stable in Your Faith! (5 of 10) by David Cawston

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Be Stable in Your Faith! (5 of 10)
David Cawston
Philippians 2:12-16

Memory Verse: Phil. 1:6 - Growing is God's Plan
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. NIV

Memory Verse: Phil.1:21 - Keep a victorious attitude!
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. NIV

Memory Verse Phil. 1:22 - As Long as I live I have a purpose
22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me...

Memory Verse Phil 2:5 - Life is not just about you...
Phil 2: 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Today's Memory Verse
Philippians 2:13
13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Introduction:
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence
Wherever the word "Therefore" is used the writer refers back to what has already been said.
* Therefore since it is God's plan for you to grow (Phil 1:1-11 NIV)
* and He wants you to keep a victorious attitude in everything(Phil 1:12-21)
* and His purpose is working in you(Phil 1:22-30 NIV)
* And you need to take on the mindset of Christ and serve and God will exalt you (Phil 2:1-11 NIV)

Therefore.........
Paul is saying to them not to be hypocritical.
--Chuck Swindoll
A hypocrite is someone who feels repentant on Sunday for something he did on Saturday and intends to do again on Monday.
As you obeyed when I was with you, you need to not do it for me, but you should try harder with my absence because I am not there to hold you accountable.
Obey even more....
Obey What?
Obey the teachings that you have received.
Don't be just hearers of the word but doers.
This was a prevalent teaching among the apostles.
James said in James 1:22-25
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word ...


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