STANDING FAST IN BAPTIST FAITH.
Stand fast in the Lord.—Phil, iv : 1.
Beloved hearers, the epistle from which I take
my text this morning was written by the apostle
Paul to the Philippian Christians from prison in
The Philippians were the inhabitants of Philippi,
a Roman colony in Macedonia. It was the first
place at which the apostle preached the gospel on
the continent of Europe. He had many converts
there, notwithstanding his many conflicts, who
stood firm for the Lord. Their fidelity to the cause
of Christ merited the apostle's love and praise.
They were not giving heed to every sound of doc¬
trine which they heard, but were standing firm in
the liberty wherewith Christ had made them free.
The Judaizing teachers were among them, but had
When they learned of the apostle's imprisonment
at Rome they sent him a contribution by Epaphro-
ditus, by whom he sent this letter in return thank-