Living Worthy of the Gospel



To live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ is to live a life consistent with God's revealed Word. That includes living a life that corresponds to the divine truth Christians profess to believe, preach, teach, and defend. In other words, it means living with integrity in every facet of life. This mandate is expressed elsewhere in the New Testament as walking “in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” (Eph. 4:1), “in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10), and “in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:12; cf. 4:1). It means “showing all good faith so that [believers] will adorn the doctrine of God [their] Savior in every respect” (Titus 2:10), demonstrating “holy conduct and godliness,” and being “diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless” (2 Peter 3:11, 14).

The church's greatest testimony before the world is spiritual integrity. When Christians live below the standards of biblical morality and reverence for their Lord, they compromise the full biblical truth concerning the character, plan, and will of God. By so doing, they seriously weaken the credibility of the gospel and lessen their impact on the world. God's people have always been at enmity with the world, because the world is at enmity with God (Rom. 1:28; 5:10; Eph. 2:3; Col. 1:21). But the world can hardly be expected to embrace a faith whose proponents so little emulate its standards of holiness and fail to manifest the transforming power of Christ.

Sermon ID 1222101551127
Duration 02:00
Date Dec 22, 2010
Category Question & Answer
Bible Text Philippians 1
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