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Philippians 1:27; 2:1-11

Philippians 1:27; 2:1-11

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Sermon: Gospel Centered Relationship
Bible Passage: Philippians 1:27; 2:1-11

I. In verse 1:27, Paul exhorts the believers of the church at Philippi to lead a life “worthy of the Gospel”

1. The word “conduct/live/walk” is a unique word that is different from Paul’s usual word for “conduct/live/walk”
2. It refers to “one’s conduct in relationship with others based on a set of values/laws”
3. This conduct with others points to a person’s nationality, allegiance, etc.
4. Here, Paul is exhorting Philippian Christians to live in Philippi which is worthy of their allegiance or relationship with God through Jesus
5. In Philippi, claims and conduct were not in sync: e.g., Euodia and Syntyche (4:2-3)

a. Longtime friends
b. Well-known members of the Philippian Church
c. Companions (true) in Paul’s ministry (4:2)
d. Conflict (4:2)
e. Consequently, the believers of Philippian church was not walking worthy of the Gospel

II. Cause of the conflict

1. Bifocal vision (1:27)
2. Not being like-minded (cf. 1:7, 2:2, 5, 3:15, 4:2, 4:10)

a. To have a common goal and to have unity in purpose—It is a sign of friendship (togetherness in purpose)
b. Absence of personal agenda and not having ego centric priorities

3. Selfish ambition (2:3) and vain conceit

a. Relationship purely for personal reasons
b. Using the other person

4. Personal agenda (2:4)

a. Egocentric priorities
b. Obsession on self

III. Solution to the conflict

1. Regard others better than yourself (2:3)
2. Not looking to your own interest, but the interest of others (2:4)
3. Humility in relationship (2:5)

a. Jesus provides us the model (2:5-8)
b. God the Father provides the real exaltation, which all followers of Jesus must seek after

TAKE AWAY

Take up Jesus’ model to avoid conflicts in relationships

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org