Philippians 2:14 – 16 Shining as lights

If I had to say to you, go work out your salvation in the 3 following ways; what three things
would you put on your list? Depending on the situation there may be different things that
would come to mind. If you lived in the Ukraine right now taking care of those who have
been affected by the war would be near the top of the list. Today we get to listen in on
Paul telling a Church that is struggling with persecution from without and divisions from
within what they should emphasize as they work out their salvation. Phil. 2:14-18, ‘Do all
things without grumbling or disputing,
that you may be blameless and innocent, children
of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you
shine as lights in the world,
holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I
may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Even if I am to be poured out as
a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.’ Paul reminds the church of their
purpose as lights in this world and calls them to act appropriately. He addresses three
major areas. These will be our three points, in v14 he addresses their speech; in v15-16 he
talks about their witness; and in v17-18 he talks about their suffering. Today we will be
dealing with verse 14-16.