Role models are important in life. We all remember individuals who were role models to us. This week we will look at Philippians 2. Four men serve as good role models for us. We want to look at specific characteristics that made them good role models.
We will begin with Paul.
PAUL’S EXAMPLE (Philippians 2:12-18)
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain. 17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
Paul sees himself in the Philippian church. The following characteristics are what Paul is doing and what he is seeing in the Philippians.
Paul and the Philippians are:
- Obedient to God v12
- Working out their salvation with fear and trembling v12
- Doing all without murmurings and disputings v14
- Blameless and harmless v15
- Shine as lights in the world v15
- Holding forth the word of life v16
- Laboring for the Lord Jesus v16
- Rejoicing in the Lord v17-18
Can this be said of us? Are we standing firm like Paul and the Philippian church? Do we care to?
May the Church, the body of saved believers, stand firm in the example of Paul and the Philippian church.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001