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biblestudy: Philippians (Part 3)

Philippians 1:12 - 2:4
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 01-Aug-89; Sermon #BS-PH03; 81 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the Apostle Paul, in this prison epistle, conveyed to the Philippians his optimism that the apparent misfortune was actually a blessing, actually enabling Paul to magnify his effectiveness, enabling more fruit to be borne. Paul, looking far beyond his prison experience, would be contented no matter what God had chosen for him, even though he felt a special desire to help the Philippians- striving to be worthy citizens of the outpost of the Kingdom of God (even as Philippi was an outpost of Rome) boldly unified in Christ (having Christ's mind -receiving encouragement by God) in a team effort (having a selfless concern for others) against a common adversary. Paul suggests that it is a very high calling to suffer for Christ (Faith untested is not faith/no cross-no glory)-serving as a crucible for perfection or maturity.

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Adversaries Archegos Author of salvation Boasting in Christ Boldness California Conflict Contentment Desire for prestige Euodia Fear Fellowship Fruit Fruits and nuts Genuineness of faith Hopelessness Joshua's farewell address Laid back Living or dying Loss of respect Mental suffering Party spirit Possessiveness Reading into scripture Samuel Johnson Satan's distractions Sign to the adversary Spiritual salvation Suffering Syntyche Tolerance Trailblazer Trials Zeal

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