The Joy of Sacrifice in Christ
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Delivered By
Cole Newton
Delivered On
September 9, 2018
Central Passage
Philippians 2:14-18



Philippians 2:14-16 | 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.  


The letter of Philippians was written by Paul the apostle to the church in Philippi, which was a church planted by Paul himself during one of his missionary journeys. The epistle is a response to Paul having received a gift from the Philippians through their messenger, Epaphroditus. Paul’s aim with the letter, therefore, is to thank the Philippians for their gift, encourage them to continue growing in their faith, and to assure them of God’s continued work in the midst of his imprisonment. 

To quickly recap our studies so far, Paul began the letter by writing a greeting to the Philippians in which he expressed his thanksgiving for them to God and prayed for their continued growth in the Lord. He then reassured them that God was already using his imprisonment for the expansion of the gospel and that He would continue to do so. Finally, he commanded them to behave as citizens worthy of the gospel by humbly serving one another (Jesus being the supreme example of this) and continuing to work out their own salvation, knowing that God provides the ability to obey.  

If verses 12-13 were a general call to obedience, within these verses Paul gives a specific call to obey. Particularly, Paul commands us to do all things without grumbling or disputing but to instead live as children of God without blemish, which of course is really another way of telling us to be citizens worthy of the gospel. He then concludes that such a life will make the gospel visible to those without it, while also encouraging other believers in the faith. 


Read Philippians 2:14-18 and discuss the following.  

  1. Which verses stood out most to you as you read Philippians 2:14-18 this week? Why? What do these verses teach you about who God is? 

  1. Why is the primary command of this section to not grumble or dispute? Why are they so dangerous?  

  1. How familiar are you with the Old Testament? Why is knowing the OT well so important?  

  1. Does your life reflect or hinder the sharing of the gospel? In what ways do you share the gospel?  

  1. How is the Christian life a living sacrifice? How can we practically show our devotion to Jesus?  


Because all Scripture profits us through teaching, reproving, correcting, and training us, reflect upon the studied text, and ask yourself the following questions about the present text.  

  • What has God taught you about Himself? 

  • What sin is God convicting or reproving you of? 

  • How is God correcting you? 

  • How is God training and equipping you for righteousness?