Summary: The Word of God encourages us to be Christ’s person in every situation and to seek to glorify HIM, “whether it be by life, or by death” (Phil.1:20).
LIVING IN CHRIST
(Philippians 1:12-26; 2:1-13; 3:7-21; 4:4-19)
LIVING IS CHRIST
Last week, during our bible study I discussed with you the details on the series of messages that will be covered these months of May and June. I hope you have read and studied the sermon outlines I gave to you last week.
In these sermon series, we will study the books of Philippians and Colossians. There are seven (7) series of messages: 4 from Philippians (month of May) and 3 from Colossians (month of June)
These sermons series are focused on Jesus Christ. That is most appropriate since Jesus is the CENTER of our faith. It also noteworthy, because all of these messages are drawn from portion of the New Testament commonly called the Prison Epistles.
So for this month of May consist of four messages on LIVING IN CHRIST. We will discuss what it means to give Christ a position of primary importance in our lives and what it take on His mind, or attitude; how Christ can help us persevere in our struggles and how we can give us reason to rejoice- even in the darkest of circumstances.
Today’s message is entitled, “Living is Christ.”
Circumstances often throw and defeat people. The one thing that a believer must do is to learn to live above circumstances- to keep his witness for Christ strong and mature. Many people struggle with how to face the issue of death. This message will speak of that concern. It will encourage us to be Christ’s person in every situation and to seek to glorify Him, “whether it be by life, or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)
Verses 9-11 includes prayer for continued growth in love, knowledge, and judgment; in appreciation for what is best; in lifelong sincerity and purity; and in fruitfulness springing from the righteousness that comes through Christ Jesus.
The following verses (12-26), from which our text for today is taken, testify that Paul himself possessed the same qualities that he urged his friends in Philippi to demonstrate.
I. Progress of the Cause (1:12-18)
A. The Gospel advances (vv. 12, 13) Paul’s ministry had been somewhat limited since he was sized by the Jews in the temple are of Jerusalem (Acts 21:27-31). He faced dark circumstances: he was a prisoner in Rome. Paul was waiting to appear before the Supreme Court of Rome. However, he used his ark circumstances to spread the gospel. Paul did not see himself as a prisoner of Rome. He saw himself as a prisoner for Jesus Christ. He did not see himself a victim; he saw himself as a victor for Christ.
His enemies taught that having arrested Paul and putting him to prison would destroy him and his influence- in fact, they had hoped to murder him (Acts 23:12-15). However, these men succeeded only in broadening and making more permanent the apostle’s accomplishment.
Paul-his imprisonment and stand for Christ and the gospel which he preached- became the conversation throughout Rome, the conversation among all the social circles including the upper strata, the very palace of the emperor.