St. Paul writes from prison that his readers should live worthy of the gospel. What does this mean? Is it only about being nice and trying hard, like some kind of polite “make good choices and don’t rock the boat” Christianity? Hardly! Paul means we should live out the mission of God with courage in the face of opposition and perseverance through the possibility of suffering. Today we consider what this looks like in our own city, where we’re contending for mercy for our most vulnerable neighbors. This is the third sermon in our series on Philippians, finishing out the last four verses of chapter 1 (1.27-30). We begin discussing Overnight Warming Centers in Alton as the context in which the good news finds us today. More information about the project can be found at the Facebook page ( and anyone interested can fill out a volunteer application here: