by Dr Gregory Magruder | July 12, 2020Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 07/12/20
INTRODUCTION: Paul writes: “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20). We represent the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth while we look for the soon return of Christ. Jesus will bring about a new Heaven and a new Earth. He will give us new bodies fit for eternity. Therefore, we need to live in such a way that we please the Lord and invite others to follow him. Paul expresses his love for the Philippians and urges them to “stand firm in the Lord” (Phil. 4:1). We must persevere in our faith and stay on track in the Lord. How do we do this?
WORK TOGETHER IN THE LORD.
*Settle your differences for Christ’s sake. Be in harmony and unity even if you disagree. “I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord” (4:2).
HELP ONE ANOTHER IN THE LORD.
*Be a peacemaker for the sake of the body of Christ. “Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life” (4:3).
ALWAYS BE JOYFUL IN THE LORD.
*Let the joy of Christ rule in your life despite difficult and unsettling circumstances. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (4:4).
BE GENTLE TOWARD EVERYONE.
*Time is short. Stand firm and treat others well. Be gracious, considerate, and unselfish in your interactions with others. “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand” (4:5).