Conduct Yourselves in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel

Text: Philippians 1:27-30

Not Dependent Upon the Approval of Others

  • Whether Paul came or remained absent, he wanted them to be faithful (cf. Philippians 2:12)
  • Christians certainly provide a benefit to one another – encouragement (Hebrews 3:12-13), accountability (James 5:16.19-20)
  • But we must be of the mind that we will serve God, even if no one knows any different – example of Joseph (Genesis 39:7-12); our goal is to please God, not men (Galatians 1:10)

Stand Firm

  • The gospel is an unchanging standard (Galatians 1:6-9)
  • If we do not stand firm, we will depart from the faith (Hebrews 2:1-3)
  • Stand firm in the word of God (Ephesians 6:11-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 1 Peter 5:12)

Be of One Spirit and One Mind

  • We must preserve unity (Ephesians 4:3)
  • One spirit – united in purpose (Philippians 2:1-5)
  • One mind – united in doctrine & practice (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Strive Together for the Faith of the Gospel

  • Work together for a common cause – the work God has given to the church: evangelism (1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:8) & edification (Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 4:16)
  • Avoid unauthorized works (Colossians 3:17) – striving together for something other than or contrary to the faith of the gospel is no virtue

Be Ready to Suffer for His Sake

  • Do not be alarmed at your opposition – it will exist, be ready for it
  • Persecution will come (2 Timothy 3:12)
  • Those who endure will be rewarded (Matthew 24:13; 2 Timothy 4:7-8)

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