One of the key issues Paul deals with in the letter of 1 Corinthians is the need for unity within the body of Christ. Christians cannot be divided if we hope to reach the world with the gospel. Our Lord prayed for unity among believers in John 17, so that the world would know that he was sent by the Father. When the church is divided, not only is it sinful, but it robs us of our effectiveness in reaching the world with the gospel of Christ.
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.