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Philippians 1:27-30: The Conduct of the Gospel
How can a Christian act like a Christian? There is no exhaustive list or set of rules to follow in the Christian life, so how can a Christian know how to act, speak and live in a way that is appropriate? Paul gives the answer in Philippians 1. In it, he tells Christians to live like who they are in Christ and he helpfully gives three ways in which they can specifically do so.
Philippians 1:18-26: The Priority of the Gospel
One of the most famous lines in the entire New Testament is found in Philippians 1:21 “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” But what exactly does the Apostle mean? How does Christ change a person’s life and change the way they look at death. The explanation of this passage helps to answer these questions and it also provides a litmus test for genuine Christianity.
Philippians 1:12-18: The Progress of the Gospel
Paul, the great preacher and missionary, has been thrown in jail. Yet, he says that the gospel is still progressing. But how can the gospel continue to advance in such challenging circumstances? Paul gives us the answer.
Philippians 1:7-11: Partakers in the Gospel
How can a Christian participate in the gospel? Paul tells us the answer in a prayer he wrote to the Philippian Christians. It involves discerning love and application to real life. Hear the four elements Paul gives in order to partake in the Gospel.
Philippians 1:1-7: The Life of God in the Soul of Man (The affections of the Gospel)
What is it about a group of Christians that can give their former pastor such confidence in them even as he sits in a jail cell? What gave Paul confidence in the Philippian Christians can be true of individuals today as well. Come see the characteristics of true Christians as we begin our study of the book of Philippians.
Ephesians 4: Gospel Life Together
How can individuals from different backgrounds still be unified in the church? What tools does God supply for Christians in order to allow them to live together in harmony? Paul answers these and many other questions about how the local church can live out the Gospel as the individuals live life together in a Godly way.
Psalm 63: Light in the Darkest Night, The Excellencies of God’s Love
What can give light and hope in the darkest of circumstances? David underwent just such deep valleys in his own life. Psalm 63 was written during just such a challenging time and in it, he gives the answer for how we can have hope and where we should turn when all seems against us.
Acts 17:16-34: Our God is Above All Other Gods
How does Jesus measure up to other religions and other gods? Paul faced that very question when he spoke to a group of Greek philosophers and citizens of Athens. His message has much to commend itself to our own time and situation which point us to Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11: Belong to the Day
Where do you put your peace and security? Paul tells us that there’s a day coming when that will be put to the test; that it’s really about WHO you put your peace and security in that will save you when that day comes. The day is certainly coming, so you have a choice and a potential change to make today.
I Peter 2:11-12 & 4:12-19: Don’t Be Surprised
Christians are told that we should expect the world to not understand us and even to be negatively hostile toward us. But why is that the case and how do we face it properly. Peter’s first epistle gives us the answer and the tools Christians need to face this challenge.