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                   "THE PERSONALITY OF THE PHILIPPIAN CHURCH"

OUR FOCUS AIM:  To possess the passion of the Philippian Church perspectives by following the ways of Apostle Paul.  It is great to have an example before you who not only speak but live Christ daily. Take a moment to reflect on .people you know who are good examples daily in following Godly principles. Celebrate them with thanks.

LESSON INSTRUCTIONS: Read the scriptures to understand clearly what it takes to be an effective church. 

PHILIPPIANS OVERVIEW: 
I want to examine the outstanding character of the Philippian Church. In the fourth chapters of Philippians we find the distinguished trait and the notable nature of the church. The excellent virtues of the Philippian Church are celebrated by Paul in his personal letter to them. Let us examine these and seek to cultivate them ourselves in our own local assembly:
Note what Paul emphasized about the character of the Philippian Church:
 
I. THEY WERE A GROUNDED CHURCH
(READ Phillipians CH.1:27-30; ( 2 Corinthians.8:1-2)

The Philippian Church could be described as being rooted, fixed, and established. From reading Paul's letter to them and the reference made to the churches of Macedonia in II Cor.8:1-2, they were experiencing POVERTY and PERSECUTION!

Three things can be said about this quality of the Philippian Church:

A. They Were Faithful: (ch.1:5) "For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now."
B. They Were Joyful: (II Cor.8:1; cf.ch.2:17-18,28; 3:1,3; 4:4)
C. They Were Dutiful: (ch.2:12) "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed..."
 
II. THEY WERE A GOSPEL-ORIENTED CHURCH
Paul mentions the "Gospel" nine times in this letter.
1. "...the fellowship of the gospel..." (ch.1:5)
2. "...in the defense and confirmation of the gospel..." (ch.1:7)
3. "...the furtherance of the gospel..." (ch.1:12)
4. "...the defense of the gospel..." (ch.1:17)
5. "...becometh the gospel..." (ch.1:27)
6. "...the faith of the gospel..." (ch.1:27)
7. "...he hath served with me in the gospel..." (ch.2:22)
8. "...laboured with me in the gospel..." (ch.4:3)
9. "...the beginning of the gospel..." (ch.4:15)

Three truths Paul declares about the Gospel:
A. Redemption: (ch.2:8) "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
B. Righteousness: (ch.3:9) "And being found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."
C. Return: (ch.3:20-21) "For our conversation is in heaven; from when also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself."

Questions: A-C
1.What is Redemption?
2.What is Righteousness?
3.What is Return in relationship to the scripture text?
 
III. THEY WERE A GLAD CHURCH

The words "joy" and "rejoice" are emphasized in Paul's letter to the Philippian Church. Of the 104 verses which make up this letter to the Philippian church, 18 times Paul uses the word "joy" or "rejoice." Approximately 1 out of every 6 verses deals with joy. There joy was in a:
 
A. Person: There are at least 6 times in which Paul challenges the Philippian believers to "rejoice in the Lord...rejoice in the day of Christ...rejoice in Christ Jesus."
They did not have much in possessions but overflowed with an abundant joy. (cf.II Cor.8:1-2)

B. Partnership: (1:5) "For your fellowship in the gospel..." Thru their prayerful and financial support, they were working together with Paul to herald the gospel to a lost world. Church works together within its body to seek the salvation of sinners.
The church prays together, visit the community

 C. Prospect: Their was an anticipation and expectancy from their partnership with the apostle Paul. They were expecting and anticipating:

1. Salvation of Sinners:
2. Glorification of the Saints: (ch.3:9)
 IV. THEY WERE A GIVING CHURCH
A. Motivation: They loved the man of God. They did not for- get Paul in prison.
B. Measure: (ch.4:16)
C. Memorial: (ch:4:17)

Prayer: Father God In The Name Of Jesus, help us to become better witnesses of you. Help us to walk in love and demonstrate what your mission was all about. Help us to live meaningful lives in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to all mankind. Grant us the strength to maintain Godly joy in unfavorable moments. We desire to be obedient in all that we do and say that you God will get the glory. Let us come to the realization that we have been called the ambassadors for Christ in that we represent you.  We Father God believe that with you guidance our overall character will reflect your purpose for our lives and that many will come to know an accept you as Lord .  We pray and we believe in Jesus Name Amen.  

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