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					Philippians
In Christ, believers have everything we need
  for relationships (2:1).
So we are called to approach all relationships
 in humility and love, looking to give of
 ourselves rather than to get from the other
 person (2:2-4).
Jesus is our model of humility and service
  (2:5-8)
We work out our salvation by aligning
 ourselves with the Holy Spirit inside us who
 is working in us to give us the right desires
 and empower our right actions as we follow
 His leading (2:12-13)
Do everything without complaining or arguing,
 so that you may become blameless and pure,
 children of God without fault…
…in a crooked and depraved generation, in
 which you shine like stars in the universe as
 you hold out the word of life—
…in order that I may boast on the day of
 Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
But even if I am being poured out like a drink
 offering on the sacrifice and service coming
 from your faith…
I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you
   too should be glad and rejoice with me-
   Philippians 2:14-18


While I am in the world, I am the light of the
 world- Jesus (John 9:5)
Complaining: “murmuring.” Contains the
  concept of “rebelling.”


What do people complain/murmur about?


What makes people argue? (James 4:1)
Complaining says that God doesn’t know
 what he’s doing, that he is not strong
 enough or powerful enough or he does not
 care enough to take care of me as his child.
 It comes from a heart of discontent


Arguing is the ill-tempered result of a
  complaining heart
In the end, both are worship issues
...so that you may become blameless and
   pure, children of God without fault- vs. 15


Blameless- external, what people see of me.
  Same word that’s used for a sacrifice -
  “spotless” or “unblemished”


Pure- internal, what I am. Unadulterated,
  unmixed, sincere
…blameless and pure, children of God without
 fault in a crooked and depraved generation- vs.
 15


We already are children of God, but we are called
 to be without fault


Crooked- “scolios”- twisted, bent, warped,
  curved (external)


Depraved- morally infused with sin (internal)
…blameless and pure, children of God without
  fault in a crooked and depraved generation- vs.
  15
Crooked vs. Blameless
Depraved vs. Pure

Have been vs. Called to be

God is calling for a contrast between Christ-
 followers who reflect his light and the world
 around us that walks in darkness
...in which you shine like stars in the universe as
   you hold out the word of life – vs. 15


Stars- “luminaries”- the moon reflects the sun so
  that people can find direction in the darkness


How do complaining and arguing hide the light?


How do praising and seeking unity reveal the
 light?
…in which you shine like stars in the universe
 as you hold out the word of life- vs. 15-16


I need alignment with God in order to have
   alignment between my words and my
   actions
…in order that I may boast on the day of
 Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing-
 vs. 16


When we live the truth without complaining
 or arguing, we honor those who’ve labored
 to disciple, teach and grow us in the Lord
But even if I am being poured out like a drink
 offering on the sacrifice and service coming
 from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with
 all of you. So you too should be glad and
 rejoice with me


Libation- the drink poured out on the burning
  sacrifice as an offering to the gods
Painful suffering and death are a cause for
 sorrow- if they have no purpose


Paul’s sacrifice is for the Lord and his people-
 which causes great joy


It is a privilege to suffer and to sacrifice for
   Jesus
What has complaining and being contentious
 (arguing) earned me?


Do I prefer to be with people who are critical
 and love to argue or with people who are
 optimistic, joyous and full of praise and
 who look to make peace?
If complaining is rebelling against God and
   refusing to trust him in all situations, what
   blessings might I miss out on if I allow that
   attitude in my life?


How can I change?

				
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