ï»¿Live as Citizens of Heaven
Philippians is a letter from Paul and Timothy to all Godâ€™s holy people living in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus. It is for that very reason that I bring you this message tonight for I know many of you, Iâ€™ve known many of your struggles, and I pray my words may give you grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul begins with a prayer of thanksgiving for those that have partnered with him in the ministry. His encouragement is that God who has begun a good work in you will continue his work until the work is finished and Christ returns. I trust that all of you here tonight understand that you are in a partnership with Spreading ...view middle of the document...
New Living Translation
27Â Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.
28Â Donâ€™t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.
29Â For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.
30Â We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
1. How do we live as citizens of Heaven?
a. The original word â€œconversationâ€ denotes the conduct of citizens who seek the credit, safety, peace, and prosperity of their city.
i. Those that profess Christ should:
1. Believe gospel truths
a. Jesus said, â€œI am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.â€ Jesus is the way, THE ONLY WAY! (John 14:6)
2. Submit to gospel laws (Matthew 22:37, 39)
a. Love the Lord your Godâ€¦love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (v.37)
b. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (v.39)
c. Love you neighbor as yourself
3. Depend upon gospel promises-there are many
a. â€¦whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be...