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1 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
Philippians 1: 12-18

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3 Making the best of a bad situation
Philippians 1: 12-14 Inside – a captive, un-churched audience Outside – new ministers stepping up

4 Some good motives, some bad motives
Philippians 1: 15-18 Either way, Christ is preached!

5 Wrong motives Right message
Right motives Wrong message Wrong motives Wrong message Right motives Right message Philippians 1: 15-18

6 Warnings about wrong messages
Galatians 1: 6-9 II Timothy 2: 15-19 Let him be condemned!

7 Warnings about message violators
I Corinthians 5 II Thessalonians 1: 8 II Thessalonians 3: 6 Not living according to what was taught

8 Warnings about messenger followers
Matthew 23: 1-3 Do what they say, not what they do

9 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
“Indeed, we are all in peril if the flawed messenger invalidates the message.” Philip Yancey – Soul Survivor

10 A dreadful contradiction
Romans 7: 14-23 I Timothy 1: 15-16 “nothing good lives in me” I am the worst of sinners

11 Imperfect Messengers “[the folly of God] to choose for his holy work in the world…lamebrains and misfits and nitpickers and holier-than-thous and stuffed shirts and odd ducks and egomaniacs and milquetoasts and closet sensualists.” Fredrick Buechner

12 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
Romans 2: 17-24 you teach others, but you don’t teach yourself?

13 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
I Thessalonians 1: 4-7 We modeled for you you imitated us you modeled for others

14 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
I Corinthians 11: 1 “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”

15 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
I Timothy 4: 1-2 Teachings through hypocritical liars II Timothy 2: 1-2 Entrust to qualified teachers

16 Imperfect Message Imperfect Messengers
II Timothy 4: 3-4 II Peter 2: 1-3 False teaching will come – and we will put up with it, even encourage it!

17 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
Hebrews 4: 12-13 Motives will be exposed False teachers will be brought to justice Revelation 14: 6-7 The perfect message endures

18 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers
“But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” Philippians 1: 18


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