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Primary Claim: The promised resurredtion of our bodies fills our lives with meaning. Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and so will you.
Jesus finished the race set before him by running through suffering.
What does it mean to shine as lights of the world? What will it cost our reputation? What will that mean to the reality we live in?
Paul is in prison. That much is clear. And many, on the outside, are wither saying, "Why didn't you listen to us - we told you not to go to Jerusalem!" or "Serves you right for not listening!" or "Good riddance - now we can get back to the things we want to say without interference" But Paul is not swayed. His motivation is the call of Christ - and in his eyes this temporary circumstance is just one more way for the Gospel to reach into the corners of the world it has not yet reached. This is because Paul sees, in everything, the platform and opportunity to tell the story of the Gospel one more time.
We look at this passage, Philippians 1.6-7 in light of Paul's story in Acts 21, to see what he means when he talks about God bringing things to completion, and the tie that must bind us altogether,