Unified Even in Suffering
March 29, 2020 Series: Joy Through It All
Topic: Philippians Verse: Philippians 1:21–30
Unified even in suffering
We must be _____________________ in the truthfulness and promises and character of God if we are to live boldly no matter the circumstances (vv. 21-26).
Satan wants what is _____________ to dictate our lives more than the promises of God.
Because of Paul’s certainty and surety in the unseen ___________________ of God, Paul had hope no matter his circumstances.
Paul had an unshakable confidence in the living God and the _______________ of the gospel no matter his circumstances.
This confidence in God and the gospel created in Paul a __________________ no matter the circumstance.
This lifestyle, this gospel and others-centered conduct is the only way to live worthy of the gospel. The result of this forms/shows the two themes that underpin this whole section:
- Steadfastness in _____________
- Unwavering unity even in the face of __________________
No matter what believers face, they must seek to conduct themselves in a manner _________________ of the gospel (vv. 27-30).
Paul is teaching believers that they are to live as _________________, not primarily of Rome for Paul and the Philippians, not primarily of and the surrounding areas for us today, but of heaven.
Everything we do matters __________________ as heavenly citizens.
What this teaches us is that the gospel has an _______________ impact on our lives at all times.
The gospel takes many and makes them one _____________ with God as their Father.
Even though distant, we stand _____________________ as we strive for the gospel and glory of God thru how we live even now.
Everything, from belief to suffering, is God’s ________________ and unifies.
COVID-19 is one more reminder we live in a fallen world, that this is not our ___________.
We need to radically fight this ________________ to self-focus as believers when we suffer and instead focus on making Christ central in everything, even now.
Though Paul was in a prison in Rome, in the truest sense he was a ___________________ of Christ and the gospel and thus he viewed everything in life thru this lens.
How might our lives be different if we ____________ believed what we say we truly believe?
What might our lives impact and how might they look differently if we __________________ on one purpose, and that being Christ?
So, as we close, as yourself this question:
“For ME, to live is ______________, and to die is _________________.”