Paul’s tells God’s people “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one another striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.” (Phil. 1:27-28a)
How does Paul breakdown “Gospel-Worthy Living?”
1. Stand firm in the gospel – We should know the gospel inside and out. Sure, our minds can and will never fully grabs God’s saving activity in the world, but we have no excuse for not studying the gospel. Hit Romans hard!!! Where better can you find a theology of the gospel? And don’t just “know.” Keep on believing!
2. Pursue Unity – (“in one spirit with one mind”) Let us remember that God, the Father, adopts us into the same family. Everyone who repents and sin and trusts in the gospel of Jesus is a spiritual brother to me…even if I might not naturally like him. We may have differences and such, but let us pursue unity as much as possible. If someone calls himself a Christ-follower and is not disobedient, divisive and/or doctrinally errant, then pursue the family!!! He needs you and you need him!
3. Strive…for the Faith! – Gospel growth and ministry takes work. Work hard to know Scripture. Work hard to know God in prayer. Engage others in order to know them spiritually. Ultimately, God gives grace to His people to succeed in these efforts, so we can’t take the credit, but let us use the grace He gives to work hard at gospel-focused living.