Paul’s Advice to the Philippians ()Steve Lane, June 22, 2014
Part of the Philippians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Philippians-Part 3-Paul’s Advice to the Philippians During His Absence
Themes: Joy, Unity, humility as displayed by Jesus, growing in the character of Christ, true laborers, knowing Him and having passion for Him, peaceful trust in God.
We are poor judges of the usefulness of a situation. Much fruit following deep trial.
Paul exhorted the Philippians to fulfill the call in unity and fearlessness.
He is spurring them on to go on and make disciples no matter what happens to him.
An appeal for unity on the basis of blessings in Christ...
A. Paul’s Critical advice to the Philippians in his absence Phil 2:12a, 1:27
1. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling
Phil 2:12b-13 The present experience of God’s power to deliver...our disposition?
Fear and trembling (Phil 1:20, Heb 2:1, 3:1, Psalm 25:1-3)
2. Shine like stars as you hold out the Word of life.
Phil 2:14-15a The result of self (don’t fool yourself!). It’s not because we are better Christians or more holy that we feel so critical of everyone else!
Reminds us of the Israelites who had been delivered but refused to trust...
Exodus 14:10-14 (Num 16:41, 17:5, 1Cor 10:9-10,1-11)
Phil 2:15b-16 They are to shine and hold out life as Jesus did.
He got dirty but not unholy (by coming into this world 2:5 – 8) and Paul followed this same pattern – sharing His life as well as the gospel and hospitality.
Phil 2:17-18 Yes, this is costly. Paul wants the circle to be complete… Paul will not be satisfied until they are doing what he did in investing in their life.
3. Follow the example of this relationship with Timothy.
Phil 2:19 – 24 Paul is holding up Timothy as an example and he is revealing his friendship and partnership with Timothy as an example. Unity/partnership/joy.
4. Follow the example of Epaphroditus
Phil 2: 25-30 He had been a selfless laborer with Paul and for the cause of Christ.
He still has a Willingness to sacrifice but now Paul is sending him back to them as a comfort to him and to them.
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