Big Idea of Philippians 1:27-30

phil 1:27-3027 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

A life that is lived worthily of the gospel is marked by a unified fearlessness striving for the faith of the gospel.

Remember seeing that video of how animals eat their food?

 

The essence of the video is that there is a certain manner to eat food— humans all eat with a certain set of manners.  There is a different normal for each culture, but we have a method to the madness of getting food in our bellies.  This is the question of Paul.  What is the manner of life that marks the christian?

Paul says, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ”

  1. If the Gospel’s worth living for, it’s worth fighting for.
  2. If you won’t fight for your belief in the gospel,  can you really say you’re living worthy of it?
  3. By not fighting for it, you are declaring by your actions it’s not worth living for.

Does this singular idea seem like a unified picture of living worthy of the gospel or are there other ideas that you would say the Christian is called to?

7 thoughts on “Big Idea of Philippians 1:27-30

  • I think you summed it up well. Paul starts that thought a little earlier with the famous statement in 1:21 “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Living for Christ is living the gospel. Even earlier in the chapter Paul talks about how his imprisonment has furthered the gospel. Paul was a man who had a singular goal in life and lived it with great purpose and intention!

    • Absolutely Caleb! The thing that was so crazy about his imprisonment is that when people looked at him and saw that in spite of his circumstances that he was still overwhelmed and overflowing with joy and happiness in Christ. What an example of pursuing Christ and evangelizing….simply by living life through whatever comes your way. thanks for the thoughts caleb!

    • Dan! Thanks for the comment man and the thoughts- that could probably be a blog post all of its own right? ANd the tension that the christian continually fights between. How do we continually depend more on faith and the spirit than on slinging the work onto our back. God is working and he is going to accomplish what he chooses with no one to thwart those plans….I want to depend on that more. Great stuff Dan thanks for your comment I really appreciate it!

    • Its huge right? Thanks for the thoughts Zech- the fearlessness of unity and the ripple affects it creates. Significant in most cases, and even more as the church. Not in a passionate attempt to attack but to truly stand for what you believe. WIth others.

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