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Fellowship Baptist Church, Burford

Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel

SERMON NOTES…
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Philippians 1: 27-30

“Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel”

The greatest challenge… to live our life for the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Christian Must Read: “Pilgrim’s Progress”, by John Bunyan (1678)

v.27“Only let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel…v.28…and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but t you of salvation, and that from God.v.29 “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, v.30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.”

The Believer’s CONDUCT Speaks Volumes!

“conduct” = refers to the behaviour that is fitting of a certain city.
Our lives are expected to honour Jesus Christ and the Gospel…

See also: Ephesians 4:1; 2 Peter 3:11,14; Colossians 1:10; Titus 2:10


The litmus test for all we do…every action and deed…

Does it honour Christ?

Will my choice here honour Christ?
Does my attitude honour Christ?
Will my action here reflect well on Jesus?

What Does This CONDUCT Worthy of the Gospel Look Like?

YOU ARE CONSISTENT…
“…whether I come and see you or am absent…”


2. YOU ARE STANDING FIRM…
“…that you stand fast…”

Stand for God and stand against Satan…

(See also: Philippians 4:1; 1 Corinthians 16:13)

3. YOU ARE UNITED TOGETHER…
“…stand fast in one spirit, with one mind…”

What does this look like?
It is the sharing of Biblical convictions…
Sharing of ministry
Sharing of responsibilities…
Recognizing the strengths/weakness of other believers, loving one another and coming alongside and walking and encouraging one another.
Unity is one of the things most important to the Lord Jesus Himself!

See also: John 13:34-35, 17:21-22; Philippians 2:2-4; Ephesians 4:3, 32


4. YOU ARE STRIVING TOGETHER…
“…striving together for the faith of the Gospel.”

Fellowship…We are working together as a team to advance the truth of God!
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5. YOU ARE COURAGEOUS…
“…not in any way terrified (alarmed) by your adversaries…”

6. YOU ARE SUFFERING…v.29
All suffering is for Christ…on behalf of Christ! For His sake!

“Everything that comes my way has been allowed by Him, and He has a purpose for it…”
“If my struggles bring glory to Christ my Lord, then they will be worth the difficulty they bring…”

See also: Acts 9:15-16.

“I would rather suffer for Him in this life…than to suffer without Him in the life to come.” Unknown

WRAP UP…
Are we faithful “citizens” of heaven…to which we belong?
Are we Consistent? Standing firm? United Together? Striving together?
Do we possess the courage to stand for Christ and proclaim the Gospel?
Jesus, our Saviour, our Redeemer was faithful to the sufferings of the cross for us…on our behalf so that we might be forgiven… therefore
Fellowship…the least that we can do is to STAND for Him while STRIVING TOGETHER to present a positive witness.

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