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Paul's Plea To The Church (5 of 15)
Series: Studies In Philippians
Dr. Stan Coffey
If you have your Bibles today, I invite you to turn with me to Philippians 1:27.
Philippians 1:27-30 "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me."
As I read this wonderful passage of Scripture this week and studied it again and again I thought of several titles that I might give to the message. I thought I might call this message "What God Expects In The Church." For in this passage the Holy Spirit has clearly delineated what God expects of His people. Or I could have called this message "A Life Worthy Of The Gospel" taken from verse 27 because this passage is all about living a life that is worthy of the gospel. When the Bible says, let your conversation be, as it becometh the gospel of Christ, it is not just talking about your verbal conversation. But that word means your total manner of life, your whole life is to be a life worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And folks, we need that today. Because like the Chinaman said what we have today is too much talkie, talkie, talkie and not enough walkie, walkie, walkie! We need to walk and live the gospel that we preach.
Paul said, only, only, notice that word only, that is the only thing you have to be concerned about as a Christian and that is living worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that is the only thing a church has to concern itself with. I could have called this message "How To Get Along Wi ...
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