Main point summary
Live aa a united front.
Only v let your manner of life be w worthy 1 of the gospel of Christ,
Live your life just like Jesus lived His life in a way that boast of the gospel.
so that whether I come and see you
So whether I see your faces
or am absent,
I may hear of you
I will hear some good news about you
x that you are standing firm in one spirit,
that you are united in spirit
with y one mind z striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
working as one in a partnership for the faith of the gospel.
and not frightened in anything by your opponents.
This is a a clear sign to them of their destruction,
This is the evidence that will condemn your enemies,
but b of your salvation, and that from God.
but give you confidence in Christ work in you.
For c it has been granted to you
You will have your reward
that for the sake of Christ
because of Christ
you should not only believe in him
believing is just the start
but also b suffer for his sake,
embrace the suffering that will come because of Christ and just like Christ.
engaged in the same d conflict that e you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
I'm speaking from experience.
Questions: Can a believer live a life unworthy of the gospel? What does a life worthy of the gospel look like? How important is unity among believers? Does anyone notice my life? Do I compromise my life and message out of fear of opposition? Am I fully ready to suffer, however that presents itself, for the gospel? What am I doing to encourage other believers just like Paul did? Take-aways: As a believer I exist to announce the gospel message of hope. Unity among believers was worth dying for. Because of Christ a believer can fearlessly face suffering now in the confidence of future reward. Believing in Christ is the trail head to an adventurous life of sufferings and triumphs. Christ blazed a trail for us to follow. We know it leads to life. We can proceed in confidence knowing that He has already defeated every enemy.