Star-Quality Christians Philippians 2:12-18
Series: Joy in Chaos
August 07, 2022
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I. Who are the stars from God’s point of view?
You are the light of the world . . . Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16)
A. I will do my part
“So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (v. 12).
1 Salvation starts when you accept Jesus but it never ends there.
2. Are you willing to do God’s will with no strings attached?
B I will depend on God
“For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out his good purpose” (v. 13).
C. I will not complain
“Do everything without grumbling and arguing” (v. 14).
D. I will be different to make a difference
“So that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. Hold firmly the message of life” (vv. 15-16a)
1) Blameless–above reproach. No serious accusation can stick.
2) Pure—high-quality, unmixed alloy. What you see is what you get.
3) Faultless–fit to be offered to God-like a lamb without spot or blemish.
II. What happens when we live like that?
1) We will shine like stars
2) We will hold forth the word of life.
A. I will live for others
Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run in vain or labor for nothing. But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me” (vv. 16b-18).
1.First, he says he looks forward to boasting about the Philippians when Christ returns (v. 16b)
. Second, Paul mentions being “poured out as a drink offering” on their behalf
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