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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you a child of GOD? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To enumerate some characteristics of children of GOD as found in these verses Philippians 2:14-16 IV. TEXT: Philippians 2:14-16 (Amplified Bible)

I. EXORDIUM:

Are you a child of GOD?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To enumerate some characteristics of children of GOD as found in these verses Philippians 2:14-16

IV. TEXT:

Philippians 2:14-16 (Amplified Bible)

Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],

That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I did not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.

V. THESIS:

Some characteristics of children of GOD as found in these verses Philippians 2:14-16

VI. TITLE:

Children of GOD without fault

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: 60 - 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: 3-fold purposes:

1. To express Paul's affection for the Philippian believers

2. To thank them for their gift

3. To encourage them to a lifestyle of unity, holiness and joy

D. To whom written: Philippian believers

E. Main theme: JESUS CHRIST

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Do everything without complaining or arguing

"Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],"

Philippians 2:14 (Amplified Bible)

Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],

1 Corinthians 10:10 (Amplified Bible)

Nor discontentedly complain as some of them did—and were put out of the way entirely by the destroyer (death).

John 6:43 (Amplified Bible)

So Jesus answered them, Stop grumbling and saying things against Me to one another.

Proverbs 20:3 (Amplified Bible)

It is an honor for a man to cease from strife and keep aloof from it, but every fool will quarrel.

2 Timothy 2:24 (Amplified Bible)

And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending). Instead, he must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered [preserving the bond of peace]; he must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong.

Philippians 2:3 (Amplified Bible)

Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].

Proverbs 26:17 (Amplified Bible)

He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

If we can do everything without strife, as the Word of GOD said, it's an honor for us.

B. Without fault in a crooked and depraved generation

"That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse],"

John 1:12 (Amplified Bible)

But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

1 John 3:1 (Amplified Bible)

SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.

Romans 8:14 (Amplified Bible)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Galatians 4:7 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.

Blood is thicker than water, as they say, relationship is thicker than friendship. We are sons and not servants. We serve Him from a heart of a son.

C. Shines like stars in the universe

"among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,"

Matthew 5:14 (Amplified Bible)

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Ephesians 5:8 (Amplified Bible)

For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].

1 Thessalonians 5:5 (Amplified Bible)

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