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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: Inside – a captive, un-churched audience Outside – new ministers stepping up

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

5 Wrong motives Right message Philippians 1: Right motives Right message Wrong motives Wrong message Right motives Wrong message

6 Warnings about wrong messages Galatians 1: 6-9 II Timothy 2: 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: I Timothy 1: “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: 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 Revelation 14: 6-7 Motives will be exposed False teachers will be brought to justice Hebrews 4: The perfect message endures

18 Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers Philippians 1: 18 “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.”


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