Church of the Open Door


Stability: Christianity or Nationality?

Obviously, the current mood in the society of the United States of America, especially after the Supreme Court decision, is not one of stability. Therefore, each person living in that society has to make a choice of where to place their confidence. Is stability discovered in money, self- esteem, a spouse, power, the White House, or perhaps through social justice?

Paul pronounces one essential command with multiple results that will cover every aspect of the Christian life. So where is stability? Here is a hint: It will not be found by American citizens only.

  1. The essential: Living inside out –
    A. The Theme of Paul’s focus – Paul’s Prison Epistle
    B. The appeal from Paul’s focus –
  2. The result: Outward living from inward reality –
    1. Standing firm in its goals – , , ,
    2. Striving together for the Gospel – ;
    3. Strength in the face of opposition – , ;
    4. Security in faith and suffering – ; ;

    “In industry, God be in my hands and in my making. In the home, God be in my heart and in my loving. In government, God be in my plans and in my deciding. In education, God be in my mind and in my growing.” J. R. Stott, The Contemporary Christian. The resurrected life in Jesus Christ permeates every area of the believer both inside and out.

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.

13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

The Advance of the Gospel

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,

Philippians 1:18

The Advance of the Gospel

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,

Philippians 1:18

18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

To Live Is Christ

Yes, and I will rejoice,

28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.

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