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We need to heed Paul's exhortation to "Work Out Your Own Salvation"...SO YOU CAN SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THE WORLD (15-16). Paul draws a contrast between the world and the church. Paul talks as shining as lights before the world. He says the world is crooked and depraved. Here is Paul talking nearly two thousand years ago about the culture that he lived in. It was depraved and crooked. Paul knew very well the condition of Philippi. He had been there. He had been arrested for casting out a spirit from a fortuneteller who was gaining people profit. He was arrested and beaten for preaching the gospel there. He knew they were living in a crooked and depraved city.

Even today we can say the same descriptions hold true for the society around us. All you need to do is pick up the newspaper or watch the news to find out that there is corruption around us. Paul says in his day they had that and in our day we have that as well. If we have that then what are we to do? Paul says, Vs 15 we are to live as lights before this dark world. The more darkness that prevails the more opportunity we have to shine as Christians. That is what Paul tells them to do, shine as stars.
 
A. TO SHINE AS LIGHTS, WE MUST BE CHILDREN OF GOD WITHOUT FAULT...
      1. Which is possible only if we "become blameless and harmless"
      2. Which requires doing all things "without murmuring and disputing"
      3. Which can only happen if we allow God to "work in" us as we "work out" our own salvation; in other words...
        a. Allow God go forgive us in obedience to the gospel
        b. Allow God to strengthen us through His Word and prayer
        c. Allow God to change us in conformity to His Will

  B. TO SHINE AS LIGHTS, WE MUST BE "IN THE MIDST" OF CROOKED AND   PERVERSE GENERATION...
      1. Lights are valuable only if they are used to dispel darkness . Mt 5:14-15
      2. Though we are to "be separate" from the world (2Co 6:14-18), we must "not isolate" ourselves from it - Jn...

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