by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Stand Firm
Series: Whatever Happens!
Stuart Briscoe
Philippians 1:20-30

Life is made up of actions and reactions. Sometimes we act and produce conse-quences, other times things happen, then we react. Christians are called to react "in a manner worthy of the gospel" whatever happens! This is a major challenge that needs exploring.

I. Whatever Happens: Some Possibilities.

A. In the broadest sense, there are only two: life and death! v. 20

B. In a detailed sense, there are many possibilities.
1. Political possibilities: "I am in chains." v. 17

2. Natural possibilities: earthquakes. Acts 16:26

3. Ideological possibilities: "Watch out for those dogs." 3:2

4. Physiological possibilities: "He was ill and almost died." 2:27

5. Relational possibilities: "Euodia…Syntyche…agree. " 4:2

6. Financial possibilities: "Not one church shared with me…" 4:15


Part 2: Stay Humble
Series: Whatever Happens!
Stuart Briscoe
Philippians 2:1-11

In Greek culture, slaves were by definition "humble" because of their status and freemen, for the same reason, had no need of humility. For Christians, however, "humility" before God is an absolute necessity. This clash between Christ and culture exists today.

I. An Explanation: Why Humility Is Necessary. v. 1

A. Unity in the body of believers is to be expected:
1. Because we claim to be "united with Christ."

2. Because we say we have been comforted by His love.

3. Because we testify to "fellowship with the Spirit."

4. Because we have been moved by "tenderness and compassion."

B. Unity can never be achieved and maintained without humility.

II. An Exhortation: What to Do About Humility. vv. 2 5

A. The Philippians brought Paul joy (1:3-4), but it was not "complete."

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