How do I live like a Christian?
Text: Phil 1:27-30
By: Pastor Dave Hentschel
Philippians 1:27-30 is a passage from the New Testament of the Bible, specifically from the book of Philippians. Here is the passage in the New International Version (NIV):
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.”
In this passage, the apostle Paul is encouraging the Christians in Philippi to live in a manner that reflects the teachings of Christ, even in the face of opposition. He urges them to remain unified in their faith and to strive together for the gospel, without fear of their enemies. The phrase “conduct yourselves,” was a political term that referred to earthly citizenship. Here we find four characteristics of Heavenly Citizenship:
- Citizens of Heaven Stand Firmly
- Citizens of Heaven Strive Valiantly
- Citizens of Heaven Live Fearlessly
- Citizens of Heaven Pursue Unity
Paul also reminds the Philippians that suffering for the sake of Christ is a privilege, not a burden, and that they should see it as an opportunity to share in the same struggles that he himself faced in his ministry.
Overall, the passage emphasizes the importance of living a life that is consistent with one’s beliefs, even when faced with adversity, and the rewards that come from doing so.