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Whatever Happens

Stuart Briscoe

Challenging political situations, natural disasters, seductive theologies, and relational problems surrounded the apostle Paul and the early church. Sound familiar? The advice he gave to believers in those troubled times still holds true today. Conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel—displaying grace and self-sacrifice.

But what exactly does that mean? Drawing from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Stuart Briscoe gives us practical instruction on specific ways we should live out the Gospel, whatever happens, including: standing firm in trying situations, rejecting pride, and understanding the link between dependence on God and obedience.

Messages From This Series:

Life is made up of actions and reactions. Sometimes we act and produce consequences. Other times things happen, then we react. Christians are called to react "in a manner worthy of the gospel"—whatever happens! A major challenge which needs exploring.

Scripture: Philippians 1:20-1:30

In Greek culture, slaves were by definition "humble" because of their status, and free men for the same reason had no need of humility. For Christians, however, "humility" before God is an absolute necessity. This clash between Christ and culture exists today. 

Scripture: Philippians 2:1-2:11

Paul said he counted "everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus (his) Lord" and his "one thing" was to "press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." He was determined to "press on." Whatever happened!

Scripture: Philippians 3:1-3:14

Mark Twain said, "My life has been full of many problems, most of which never happened!" He presumably looked to the future with a degree of trepidation and spent a lot of time being anxious about things that actually never happened. Does that sound like something you do, too?

Another great author, the Apostle Paul, said that no matter what happens—don't be anxious about anything.

In this message, Stuart Briscoe looks to Scripture to identify the formula for becoming worry-free, no matter what circumstance we are facing—or think we'll have to face.

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-4:9

The Philippian church supported Paul in his missionary work, and he was grateful. But he insisted that he was not dependent on them. His dependence and contentment rested elsewhere. His teaching on the subject is applicable to all.

Scripture: Philippians 4:10-4:20

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