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
Is GOD working in you? How does He do it?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show how GOD works in us according to His good purpose
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.
GOD works in us according to His good purpose
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.