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Grace Bible Chapel

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Philippians 2:16-18

The Example of Paul

       I.      Introduction

               A.    Consider the Christian’s boast, glory, and joy.

               B.     1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; Philippians 4:1

               C.     For whom does the Christian expend himself?  Philippians 1:21

     II.      Setting

               A.    Paul’s desire for the Philippians – 1:27-30; 2:1-4

               B.     Paul’s example for the Philippians – 2:5-11

               C.     Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians 2:12-16a

    III.      The example of Paul

               A.    The hope of Paul

                       1.      The time

                               a.      Philippians 1:6, 10

                               b.     1 Corinthians 3:10-15

                       2.      The reward

                               a.      Meaning of the word

                                        1)     Positive – Romans 5:2-3, 11; Philippians 3:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19

                                        2)     Negative – 1 Corinthians 4:7; James 4:13-16

                               b.     Warning – 1 Corinthians 1:29-31; Jeremiah 9:23-24

                       3.      The reason

                               a.      The effort

                                        1)     Run – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Hebrews 12:1-2

                                        2)     Toil – 1 Corinthians 15:10

                               b.     The profit – Galatians 4:11; 1 Thessalonians 3:5

               B.     The perseverance of Paul

                       1.      The work

                               a.      The idea

                               b.     2 Timothy 4:6

                       2.      The sacrifice

                               a.      Paul’s humility

                               b.     Paul’s service

                                        1)     Paul’s life – 2 Corinthians 11:22-29

                                        2)     The reason – 1 Corinthians 9:23; 2 Timothy 2:10

               C.     The consistency of Paul

                       1.      The pattern – Acts 16:25

                       2.      The command – 1 Thessalonians 5:16; Philippians 4:4

    IV.      Conclusions and applications

               A.    Matthew 11:28-30

               B.     1 Corinthians 15:58

               C.     1 Peter 4:12-16

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