by Jerry Vines

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Series: Joy Book
Jerry Vines
Philippians 2:12-13

I want us to slow down this morning and dwell on these two verses of scripture I have read to you. They are given to us in the context of the beautiful picture of the example of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This chapter has to do with humility of life and living a life for others. In the context of that, the key word is the word obedience.

You will notice in verse 8 of the second chapter that it says that Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death. Jesus obeyed, and the Bible teaches that you and I are to obey as well.

Disobedience is a cause of a great deal of sorrow. The Bible tells us about Adam. It says in Romans 5, "Wherefore as by the disobedience of one man sin entered into the world." Sin is in the world because of disobedience.

The Bible tells us that we are to be obedient to the Lord. These two verses have to do with the overall theme of how to live the Christian life and how we are to conduct ourselves as Christians and how we can grow and mature in the Christian life. Obedience is very crucial to that entire enterprise.

Paul says in verse 12, "As you have obeyed in my presence, much more now in my absence." The church at Philippi evidently leaned heavily upon the Apostle Paul. Paul was away from them for a period of time. He said, "While I was there you were obedient. Be much more obedient while I am not there."

That is a message that God's people need to hear relative to their pastor. All the years of my ministry I heard a little couplet that went like this, "When the cat's away, the mice will play. When the preacher's away, the people will stray." You are going to get a new pastor. It's very important that you understand that you are not faithful on the basis of who your pastor is or who your pastor is not. You are faithful unto the Lord. Your church attendance is not based upon who's going to be here. Your church at ...

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