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Life As Kingdom Citizens: Recognizing Genuine Servants (Part 1)

Last week we looked at Paul’s caution and encouragement to the Philippians (Philippians 2:14-18) after he had exhorted them to work out their salvation that God had worked in them. Today Paul begins to detail certain individuals as examples of those having ‘the mind of Christ’ (cf. 2:5). It is important not only for church leaders to exemplify what they believe, but for every individual member of the body. We need to see truth modeled and model truth ourselves. A genuine servant of God is recognized by their proven worth. Their proven worth is seen in three observations in Timothy: concern for others; seeking the interest of others; and working for the progress of the Gospel.

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Life As Kingdom Citizens: Living Out Our Citizenship (Part 1)

In last week’s text (Philippians 1:18-26), Paul showed how treasuring Christ enables him to persevere and serve others. The opening section of his letter up until this point (Philippians 1:1-26) related the theme of the ‘Progress of the Gospel’ and how God’s grace was advancing in the world. Starting in today’s passage a new theme emerges that highlights ‘Life as Kingdom Citizens’. This theme extends from 1:27-4:3. Paul in Philippians 1:27-28 begins to command the believers to live out their heavenly citizenship. Today we will cover the first reason Paul mentions that we must live out our heavenly citizenship. We must live out our heavenly citizenship because opposition demands that we stand firm in the Spirit.

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The Progress of the Gospel: Progress Through Treasuring Christ

In the last week’s text (Philippians 1:12-18) Paul relayed to the Philippians how the Gospel was progressing through the preaching of Christ despite his imprisonment. Now in 1:18c-26 he tells them that because he treasures Christ he’s confident that the joy of his faith will continue to the very end. In the meantime, if God grants Paul more time in the body, Paul declares that it will only be used to honor Christ through serving His people in their progress and for their joy in the faith. Treasuring Christ enables perseverance in faith to the very end, and self-sacrificial service to others.

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