To begin our series on how the gospel relates to tangible aspects of our lives, we start in the book of Philippians. In this passage, we receive a call to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel. To conduct ourselves in such a way as this, regardless of circumstance, communicates the beauty of the gospel and makes Jesus real.
(Philippians 1:27-30) 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
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- What does it mean to be a heavenly citizen and how are they to conduct themselves?
- Does your view of faith include the promise of suffering? Why or why not?
- How are Christians to think about suffering?
- How does a gospel community reflect the beauty of Christ?
- How does the way in which a Christian community lives out its values indicate its beliefs?
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