by Edward Thomason
STANDING FIRM TOGETHER
|T or F Faith is personal and we don't need other
Christians to help us in our struggle with Satan.
T or F Even a strong faith can be fortified when we are with other faithful Christians.
| 1. Paul closed this chapter stating that the Philippians may not to be able to depend
upon his presence when it comes to standing up for their convictions. (Compare a similar thought in Phil 2:12.) Of course, he is not suggesting that each
Christian must stand alone. Each one is a part of a larger group... indeed, an army of Christians! Paul knew that there is great benefit to being a part of a
congregation where each can profit from the mutual faith and courage of others. There is probably no greater joy for a preacher than to hear of the
steadfastness of his students. (Cf., 3 John 4.) While Paul probably had confidence that these brethren will live up to his every expectation of them, he still
reminds them to "let your conversation (manner of life) be as it becometh (or adorns) the gospel of Christ."
2. The expression, "the faith," as used in the context of verse 27, refers to the Christian religion rather than personal conviction. (Compare a similar text in Jude 3.) Wherever Christians reside, they not only must standfast (or firm) "in the faith" (I Cor. 16:13), and "in the Lord" (Phil 4:1) but they must also stand firm "for the faith of the gospel" (Vs. 27). Obviously, "WHAT" we stand "for" is important. But in this text, Paul also indicates that "HOW" one stands is equally important. As God's people we must stand firm with a unity of spirit, a sense of togetherness, and with collective courage. Are we doing that?
I. Are we standing firm... in one spirit with one mind? Vs. 27
II. Are we standing firm... shoulder to shoulder? Vs. 27
III. Are we standing firm... without fear? Vs. 28
IV. Are we standing firm... in our mutual conflict? Vs. 29-30
| 1. It is important what a person stands "for."
Are we standing firmly united, striving together "for the faith of the gospel?"
2. When we stand firm as outlined in this text, our lives will adorn (make attractive) the gospel of Christ.
|Please read Philippians 2:1-4 for next week copyright © 2001|