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Grace Bible Chapel

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Philippians 2:15

Children of God Above Reproach

       I.      Introduction

     II.      Review

               A.    The command –  Philippians 2:12

                       1.      Christ’s example

                       2.      The attitude of the church

               B.     The reason for confidence – Philippians 2:13 (cf. Philippians 1:6)

               C.     Grumbling

               D.    Disputing

    III.      The reason – prove – givnomai (ginomai)

               A.    Character

                       1.      Blameless

                                a.      Meaning of the word (Philippians 3:6)

                                b.     Now – 1 Thessalonians 2:10

                                c.      The future – 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13; 5:23

                       2.      Innocent

                                a.      Meaning of the word

                                b.     Idea

                       3.      Children of God

                                a.      Romans 8:12-17

                                b.     Ephesians 5:1 (Ephesians 4:32)

                       4.      Above reproach

                                a.      Meaning of the word

                                b.     Old Testament– Exodus 29:1; Numbers 6:14

                                c.      Christ – Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19

                                d.     God’s desire

                                        1)     Ephesians 1:4

                                        2)     Ephesians 5:27

                               e.      God’s ability – Jude 24

               B.     The sphere of operation

                       1.      Crooked – skolivo~ (skolios)

                                a.      Definition – Luke 3:5

                               b.     Proverbs 2:12-15

                               c.      Acts 2:40

                       2.      Perverse – diastrevfw (diastrephō)

                               a.      Definition – Luke 23:2; Acts 13:8-10

                               b.     Association – Matthew 17:17

                               c.      Consequences – Acts 20:30

                               d.     The call of wisdom – Proverbs 8:8

                               e.      The choice – Proverbs 19:1; 28:6

    IV.      Conclusion and application

               A.    Consideration of our generation

               B.     Philippians 2:15b

               C.     Responses

                       1.      Psalm 10:8; Proverbs 1:11

                       2.      Job 1:8

               D.    Titus 2:11-14

               E.     Philippians 2:11-12

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