Philippians 1:1-18 

Bond Servants of Christ – Our description

  • Philippians 1:1-2 – Paul and Timothy describe themselves as slaves of Christ.   If we were writing a description of ourselves would this phrase appear?  These two men voluntarily became servants of Christ.
  • Exodus 21:1 – Hebrew slaves were free to choose after 6 years.  If the slave loved his master, the slave could make the choice to become a permanent member of the master’s household.  The slave then had a physical mark on the body to signify where he belonged.
  • Galatians 6:17 – Paul had physical marks to show who he belonged to. 

Christian Love- Our Motivation as Servants

  • Philippians 1:3-8 – God wants us to experience Christian love.
  • John 15:9-17 -Love one another.
  • 1 Cor. 13:1-8 – No matter what you do, if you don’t do it from love it is worth nothing.  It can be difficult to understand what he true loving action is.

Christian Growth- Our Goal

  • Philippians 1:9-11 – Paul is praying that they will grow in love.  We need to be perpetually growing.
  • 1 Peter 2:1-3 -Long for the word so you can grow.  Coming to Christ is the beginning of God’s transforming work in our lives.
  • Galatians 5:22-23 – The fruit in our lives that God’s love produces.  God’s work develops these characteristics in our lives.

Christ Proclaimed- Our Focus

  • Philippians 1:12-18 – We rejoice when Christ’s message is spoken.  No matter what our own circumstances we keep focused on God’s message. 
  • 1 Cor. 2:1-2 -This was the focus of Paul’s message.
  • Hebrews 12:1-3 – We must focus on the message of Jesus sacrifice through love for our salvation.  Proclaim this life changing message to all!

—Robert Lee, 2-10-08, a.m.

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