It does not take long for a congregation to become infected with the wrong things. This is why, in Philippians 1.27, Paul calls on the Philippians to behave in a way that will match their message. He wants consistency, integrity, spiritual commitment, and credibility in conduct. During July, we’re talking about A Common Love. We’ll learn about things we must do individually to contribute to the positive way this church functions. This all begins will understanding what is really important. And that is, whether or not we conduct ourself in a manner worthy of the gospel.
I. Philippians 1.27a – A manner Worthy of the Gospel
- 1.27 – The verse begins with the word only. The word is emphatic.
- Let your manner of life be worthy… See also 2.15.
- Now, let’s focus on the phrase manner of life. Greek: to live as a citizen.
- Manner of life: Living as a citizen of heaven. See 3.20-21; Hebrews 12.22-23.
- That means we live in a way that is consistent with what we teach, preach, and believe. It is a life of integrity.
- The gospel of Christ in 1.27 is the good news of salvation. We have to live it out. How? 2 Corinthians 5.17.
II. FOUR THINGS THAT CITIZENS DO TOGETHER:
- Stand Together (1.27b) – standing firm in one spirit.
- Think of a soldier who is standing at post in war, holding a critical position.
- Same idea is found in Ephesians 6.11, 13. Who do we battle?
- 6.12. The spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
- Look at 1 Timothy 4.1 – deceitful spirits.
- Ephesians 6.14-17 – putting on spiritual armor.
- Hebrews 3.13 – exhort one another every day… we will die without spiritual friends.
- Share Together (1.27b) – How do we stand together? In one spirit, with one mind…
- Battle for unity is all over Philippians. See 2.1 and 4.2.
- How is it generated? See Philippians 2.3.
- Strive Together (1.27c-28) – Striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.
- “Striving” means to struggle together or to contend together.
- The challenge for every church is to see the common goal and move toward it.
- 1.27c – Notice how Paul defines the battle: the faith of the gospel.
- 1.28a – And as we do, we need not be frightened in anything by our opponents.
- Suffer Together (1.29-30) – It has been granted to you
- Charis means “grace.” God graciously gifts us with “suffering.”
- How? 1.12-14 – it brings glory to God.
- Philippians 1.27 – Paul wanted to hear good things concerning the Philippians.
- Let us all behave in a way that will match our message.