Dedicated to His Purpose (Philippians 1:1-30)
Part of the The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Philippians 1 (Listen)
1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
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.
The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy
Dedicated to His Purpose
What are you dedicated to in life?
*For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
*Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of
Christ, sot that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will
hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving
For the faith of the gospel - Philippians 1:27
*For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him,
But also to suffer for His sake. Philippians 1:29
Three keys to dedication
1. Devotion to Him
2. Consistency in His Word
3. Integrity before others
I. Perspective that reflects true purpose - Philippians 1:21
Perspective defined: How we view life
A. Identity anchored in Christ
B. Eternity assured in our hearts
II. Confidence that displays our commitment - Philippians 1:22-26
Confidence defined: How we approach life
A. Clear direction comes from personal commitment
B. Progress is linked to joy and faith
III. Life of integrity conveys dedication - Philippians 1:27-30
Integrity defined: How we can truly impact
A. Oneness of purpose and strength
B. No alarm, but great awareness
Are you dedicated to Him?