How to be the Church (Study from Philippians)
THE MARKS OF GOD’S PEOPLE (Part 2)
Commitment in life and death: Christ (v.21)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Dilemma: to live or to depart to be with Christ (vs.22-23)
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Willingness: to serve sacrificially (vs.24-26)
The Marks of the Great Christian Church (vs. 27-30)
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.