Christians should be different than non Christians. Why? Not because we think we are better people. But because we have been given a new life, a new attitude by Christ. We need to follow his example of humility and look out for the good of others. We need to try to think, act and be more like Jesus every day.
Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians from prison. He was arrested for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul thanks the Christians in Philippi for their partnership in the Gospel of Christ. We all need partners in the Gospel. I thank God for the partners in the Gospel I have in my family and in the church.
September 29 — 1:1-26
September 30 — 1:27-2:18
October 1 — 2:19-3:3
October 2 — 3:3-4:1
October 3 — 4:2-23
Because we are in a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness, we need to arm ourselves with God’s body armor. The three key pieces are God’s Word, faith and prayer. God will help us face all the spiritual battles of life when we turn to Him for help. Faith and prayer protect us. The Word is the sword of the Spirit to defeat the forces of evil.
According to the old saying,”All that glitters isn’t gold.” Don’t be fooled by the shiny promises you hear. Step out of the deceptive lies of the world around us and into the pure light of God’s love. Instead of praising temporary things, sing praise to God whose love last forever.
Christians should be different people. Instead of following the crowd, our lives are transformed by Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our goal should be to think, act and be more like Jesus. That means we intentionally, with God’s help, turn from evil to do good.
God unites His people in faith. We have a God given unity that we should hold onto, protect and defend. Christians should work for the unity of faith, speaking the truth in love. Unity doesn’t mean uniformity. So we shouldn’t try to force people to do things our way.
Paul wrote the Ephesians from prison. He was in jail for preaching the Gospel. Yet Paul knew that God was still working in his life and able to do everything he wanted to do. So Paul praised God in those tough times. He encourages us to follow his example. Do we?
One of the core teachings of the Christian faith is that people are saved from sin and death and given a new life by faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is an undeserved gift. We are looking at the core believes in the Christian faith in the BELIEVE series. You can read more about this in the BELIEVE book or in my message on Salvation on the Peace website. http://www.peaceaa.net
Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians with praise and thanksgiving to God. What a great example for us to follow. If we began every day or every new challenge by praising and thanking God, we would have much more joy in our lives.