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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Is GOD working in you? How does He do it? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show how GOD works in us according to His good purpose IV. TEXT: Philippians 2:13 (New International Version) for it is God

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I. EXORDIUM:

Is GOD working in you? How does He do it?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show how GOD works in us according to His good purpose

IV. TEXT:

Philippians 2:13 (New International Version)

for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Philippians 2:13 (Amplified Bible)

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

V. THESIS:

GOD works in us according to His good purpose

VI. TITLE:

GOD works

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. To will according to His good purpose

"[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will"

1. What are some of GOD's will

a. Renew the mind, don't conform to the world

Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible)

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

b. We are to be sanctified.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amplified Bible)

For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,

c. Give thanks in all circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (Amplified Bible)

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

d. He will equip and work in you His will

Hebrews 13:21 (Amplified Bible)

Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).

e. Suffer for doing good

1 Peter 3:17 (Amplified Bible)

For [it is] better to suffer [unjustly] for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than to suffer [justly] for doing wrong.

f. Live our earthly life for GOD

1 Peter 4:2 (Amplified Bible)

So that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by [his] human appetites and desires, but [he lives] for what God wills.

g. Speak from GOD

2 Peter 1:21 (Amplified Bible)

For no prophecy ever originated because some man willed it [to do so—it never came by human impulse], but men spoke from God who were borne along (moved and impelled) by the Holy Spirit.


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