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Philippians 1:21-26

Philippians 1:21-26

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Sermon: To Live is Christ
Bible Passage: Philippians 1:21-26

I. “To live is Christ” means to develop the right ambition and to have joy

II. Joy despite negative circumstances
1. Potential joy stealers need to be overcome
2. Find joy in the progress of the gospel

III. A counter-cultural mind-set towards life and death (v. 21)
1. His life’s purpose is to be preoccupied with Christ. Christ is his “all in all.”
2. Something to ponder, “Why are you alive?”
3. Death is gain when the purpose of life is right

IV. Guidelines for ambitions and desires (vv. 22-26)
1. Kept alive for fruitful labour. He was saved to serve.
2. Bible’s view of death – To die as a Christian would actually be a promotion, to be with
Christ.
3. Wrong ideas about death
4. What is desired may not be what is necessary
5. Choosing what is necessary over what is desirable
6. The outcome – boasting about what Christ is doing through surrendered lives

Take Away
Answer the question for yourself “For me, to live is ________.”
Evaluate and possibly change your lifestyle and goals in light of eternity.

Speaker: Rudolph Lobo

Rudolph Lobo became a follower of the Lord Jesus while studying dentistry in Bangalore.  After joining a Bible-believing church, he developed a love for studying and teaching the Word of God.  Having graduated with an MDiv from Pastoral Training Seminary, Goa, his passion is to equip God’s people to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, to apply God’s Word to all of life, and to be His witnesses in the world.  Rudolph lives and ministers in Bangalore with his wife Rajani and two children, Ruth and Jonathan.