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We Got This! Philippians 1:27-2:18 (day 7 of our 21 days of prayer and fasting)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan. 14th as we continue our “21 days of prayer and fasting.” Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


21 days of prayer and fasting (day 7…end of 1st week)

We got this!

God’s Appeal for His Church

Philippians 1:27-2:18


If we have been willing to fast and pray…to seek Him in a more consistent basis…to ask Him to do a work in our life.  There are obviously a couple of things we have come to realize this past week.


You could consider this section (1:27-2:18) the heart of the letter to the church at Philippi.  In this first exhortation from Paul to the church he is exhorting the church to live for God.  In the same way God is exhorting us to live in such a way.


These appeals should remind us what we have in Christ and how to live out this life in Christ.




An appeal for steadfastness – vv. 1:27-30

27 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.




An appeal for unity – vv. 2:1-4

2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others


3 key relationships  for biblical unity

With Christ


With Self


With Others


Spurgeon “Men do not quarrel when their ambitions have come to an end.”


An appeal for humility – vv. 2:5-11

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.



An appeal for obedience – vv. 2:12-18

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.


The what of obedience vv. 12-13


The how of obedience v. 14


The result of obedience vv. 15-18

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