The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest news that has ever been heard. It is central to the life of a Christian, and must be our focus in all that we do. Paul appreciated how the Philippian church was involved in the spreading of the gospel, and he gives instruction to live as those who have been called by the gospel.
What a blessing for God’s people to know that He cares for us. Jesus assures us of God’s care in the Sermon on the Mount, and throughout Scripture there are multiple examples of God looking after his people.
No matter where he was in his life, Paul was always one who demonstrated a willingness to do the will of God (even when he was mistaken about what God’s will really was). Paul is a great example of us to always strive, in everything we do, to do what we know to be right.
Submission is a guiding principle in a Christian’s life. We are to submit to God. We are commanded to submit to government. Ane we must also submit to one another. Sometimes there is a specific order that God has ordained for relationships in our lives, such as in our families or in business. Paul deals with these things in our text tonight.
As Christians, we are to walk as those who are wise, not as the unwise. As Paul writes in Ephesians 5, we walk in wisdom by being good stewards of the time God has given us, being Spirit filled, and submitting ourselves to one another.
Usually we balk at the idea of a preacher not using any Scripture in his sermon, as well we should. But there is at least one example of the apostle Paul preaching a sermon without referencing any Scripture. It’s his sermon to the Areopagus in Acts 17, and though he teaches Scriptural truth, he doesn’t quote any Biblical texts as he presents the truth to idolatrous philosophers.
As Christians we are children of light, and we must walk (behave) as such. We are to flee the works of darkness and expose them, as well as pursuing what is pleasing to God in all things.