1. Is there evidence of church membership in the NT?
2. Why should every believer be a member of a local church?
3. What does it mean to be a member of a church?
1. What type of community are we?
2. Fighting my sin together
3. Winning back the wanderer
I. What does the Bible teach us regarding hospitality?
II. What does it look like to obey this teaching today?
I. Life Together Experienced in Baptism
II. Life Together Experienced in Communion
I. The Fact of the Partnership – 14-16
II. The Fruit of the Payment – 17-18
III. The Fullness of the Promise – 19-20
IV. Farewell from a Partner – 21-23
I. I rejoice that you had opportunity to give. – 10
II. I am content despite my circumstances. – 11-12
III. I can do all things through Christ. – 13
I. What is Paul telling us to do here?
II. What does this look like in real life?
I. A Personal Appeal toward Like-heartedness – 2-3
II. A Package of Instructions toward Like-heartedness – 4-6
III. A Precious Promise that Rewards Like-heartedness – 7
I. Imitation is not a game
II. A clear and present danger
III. A bright and secure longing
IV. A banner of love
I. A Recapitulation of Paul’s Pressing On toward the Prize – 12-14
II. A Call to Us All to Press On in Like Manner – 15-16
I. Autobiography and Exhortation
A. A Surprisingly Lengthy Autobiographical Section
B. Four Observations toward Understanding
C. Imitating Paul: Pressing On without Looking Back
II. Pressing On for the Treasure
A. Seeking the Treasure through Pain
B. Seeking the Treasure Confident in the Promise
C. Seeking the Treasure Who Is a Person
I. A Striking Portrait of Two Faithful Brothers in Christ
II. A Surprising Charge to a Christ-exalting Community
III. Reflections on Life Together in a Healthy Local Church
I. Do we grasp the purpose of principled self-denial? – 14-16a
II. Are we blessed to please mature Christian leaders? – 16b
III. Do we rejoice at the thought of being a living sacrifice? – 17-18
1. We work out (v. 12)
2. As God works in (v. 13)
3. To Achieve Our Common Sanctification