14 Do everything without complaining or arguing,
15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
16 as you hold out the word of life-- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
The Next Step
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ZIP ZAP ALERT below
This past week we looked into Philippians 2:14-18 and discovered how to shine like stars for Christ. The study was called How To Be A Star!
I want to share with you some additional information that came out of my background study of the passage, these are insights I had added to things the commentators were saying that didn't make the final notes I used on Sunday, hopefully, you will find them insightful or helpful.
Also, before we start, let me give a commercial. One of the minstries that we do at Christmas is the Covenant Christmas Store, where we offer parent of teenagers in Seminole County a chance to pick up brand new stuff to give to their children at Christmas at no cost. It is a minstry that meets a need and restores some integrity as we touch and change the world in powerful ways with His love at Christmas. It is a huge undertaking, but the people of CCC are so caring, compassionate and giving the impossible becomes possible...and God uses real people to change the real world we live in....
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Radio Shack gets shipments in on Tuesday Mid-to-late afternoon in Orange County
Radio Shack gets shipments on Tuesday, late morning-to-lunch time in Seminole County
Radio Shack gets shipments in on Monday in Volusia county
Good luck, now on with the Next Step
These verses give specific instructions on how to work out God’s “good purpose” (v. 13) in relation to daily Christian living.
Everything was to be done without complaining or arguing (v. 14). The order of the Greek words here places emphasis on everything a believer does. The present tense of the verb do suggests that this was to be done continually. “Complaining” is the translation of a word which reflects a bad attitude expressed in grumbling. The apostle may have had in mind the behavior of the Israelites who often complained to Moses and in turn to God (1 Cor. 10:10). “Arguing” reflects a legal connotation of disputing (in some uses of the word) and may refer, at least in part, to the practice of going to civil courts to settle their differences (1 Cor. 6:1-11).
The importance of the kind of behavior called for is set forth in Philippians 2:15-16. Before their testimony for Christ could ever be effective in the community where they lived, the Philippians needed to set some things straight in their own assembly.
Evidently the believers were complaining (to God and each other) and arguing (with each other). As a result they were not without fault among the pagans; they were not shining like stars in their world (2:15). The Philippian assembly needed to show themselves as united and as one in Christ. Non-Christians were not being attracted to Him by the saints’ strifes and contentions.
Blameless (, v. 15) means “above reproach.” This does not mean sinless perfection.
The corporate testimony of the church is in view. All believers are called on to live out the salvation God has worked in them—to progress in their spiritual maturity. The people were to live so that those outside of Christ could not rightfully point an accusing finger at them. Pure translates , a word that was used of wine which had not been diluted and of metal which had not been weakened in any way.
Jesus also used the word when He told the Twelve to be “innocent” as doves (Matt. 10:16). The Greek words for “blameless” and “pure” here (Phil. 2:15) differ from those translated “blameless” and “pure” in 1:10 .
The Philippians lived in a crooked and depraved generation (2:15). Again it seems that Paul had the unbelieving Israelites in mind. Moses had used similar words to describe Israel who had gone astray (Deut. 32:5). Peter used the same terminology (“corrupt generation,” Acts 2:40) that Christ did (“perverse generation,” Matt. 17:17).
The world today, like theirs, is unscrupulous and perverted. Most people have turned their backs on God and truth. In this kind of world God’s people are to “shine like stars” And the implications are clear, if we do, it makes a world of difference...
Do you want to "whine" or "shine"...??? It is up to you.
See you here next week, on The Next Step!
Rev. Jeff Dixon
Senior Equipping Minister and ZIP ZAP searcher at CCC
No Entrance Ramps this week
1. We must... Conquer Complaining (v. 14a)
2. We must... Avoiding Arguing (v. 14b-15)
3. We must... Recover Rejoicing (v. 17-18)
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