Monday, March 14, 2011

Live up to the Gospel, Philippians 1:27-2:11

In preparing to teach Sunday’s lesson, “Live up to the Gospel”, based on Philippians 1:27-2:11, I thought of using a rope pull, or “tug of war” contest to illustrate verses 1:27-30. Members of a local church team together on one end of a rope against the church’s adversaries, who are gathered on the other end. Christian church members conduct their lives according to the gospel in a constant struggle to avoid being pulled into a mud hole of disobedience that lies between the two sides. Christians must not be afraid of the strength of their opponents. At times during the contest they may suffer collectively or individually for the sake of Christ. Through the strength of their unity and mutual encouragement, they stand firm.

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