Church of the Open Door


Stability: Christianity or Nationality?

Philippians 1:27-30

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 – Philippians 1:27
    A. The Theme of Paul’s focus – Paul’s Prison Epistle
    B. The appeal from Paul’s focus – Philippians 1:27
  2. The result: Outward living from inward reality – Philippians 1:27-30
    1. Standing firm in its goals – Philippians 1:27, Phil 2:2, Phil 4:1-2, 1 Corinthians 16:13
    2. Striving together for the Gospel – Philippians 1:27; Phil. 1:12, 18
    3. Strength in the face of opposition – Philippians 1:28, Phil. 1:21; Phil. 3:14
    4. Security in faith and suffering – Philippians 1:29-30; Phil. 2:17; Phil. 4:14

    “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.

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