THE MANNER OF LIFE – My Life in Christ Can Count
THE MANNER OF LIFE
A STUDY OF PHILIPPIANS
My Life in Christ Can Count
(Chains of Life)
June 5th, 2022
Pastor Mike Slater
THE MANNER OF LIFE
This morning, we continue our series on the book of Philippians. This is such a wonderful book of warmth, wisdom, and encouragement. Personally, this is my favorite book in the Bible. It was written by Paul to friends part of a church in Philippi. It was young, probably not more than 10 years in age, and was small in number. It was a church that was very stable and was dearly loved by Paul. This is considered to be Paul’s last letter.
The key verse for this book is Philippians 1:27- “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The word “manner” means behavior, conduct, and one’s walk. All of who we are and how we act is in line with our relationship to Jesus Christ.
This study will impact your life in the Lord. It will also challenge you in regards to your church and the fellowship that makes up a church.
Our life in Christ is one where God is using me in an effective way to influence others. These chains, fears, and circumstances are not excuses saying that my life in Christ cannot be useful. This morning, let’s talk about this.
Encouraging One Another,
Key Scripture: Philippians 1:12-18
Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[a] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[b] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,