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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Five


Challenging the Brethren


V.27 ** Paul closed our study last week with the confidence that he would see the Philippians again (V.25). However, what word does he use in the beginning of our passage for today to indicate that there is something even more important to him than their upcoming reunion?

"Only", as Paul shifts from one subject to another, he marks out the importance of the second with this little word - only!

** What is it that would be more important to Paul than seeing his beloved Philippians again?

Their daily conduct, manner of life or walk with the Lord.

** What is the standard of lifestyle to which Paul is calling the Philippians (and us as well)?

"...in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ..."

** Understanding that Paul has already instructed the Philippians here in chapter one regarding how they are to live as Christians, what is he saying to them now?

Don't just hear it, but live it out! cf. James 1:22

** Paul had much to say about a worthy walk, as he wrote to several churches. Some of which, we have seen in our times of study together. Let's remind ourselves of just how important this really is today.

Ephesians 2:10 - "walk...in good works"
Ephesians 4:1-3 - "walk...worthy of your calling"
Colossians 1:9-10 - "walk...worthy of the Lord"
Colossians 2:6-7 - "walk...in Him"
1Thessalonians 2:10-12 - "walk...worthy of God"

** Here in verse 27, what does Paul mean by our conducting our lives "worthy of the gospel of Christ"?

Paul saw his only reason for life and for godliness as being the gospel truth about Jesus Christ.
cf. Romans 1:16 -"not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation"
2Timothy 1:8 & 12 -"do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord"

Live a life that proclaims it in everything!

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