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									Philippians

              If…Then…
Review
The Philippian Church was the greatest
 missional church of her time…that lost her
 love in the process


Saints and servants- slave to who?


Grace and peace- there is no division in Christ
Review
Paul is thankful for the Philippians’
 partnership in the gospel…and prays for
 their love to grow in knowledge so that
 they can live it out to Christ’s glory


His imprisonment has advanced the gospel
Review




The Philippians’ citizenship in the Kingdom
 should change how they act and handle
 suffering
If you have any encouragement from being
   united with Christ, if any comfort from his
   love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any
   tenderness and compassion…
…then make my joy complete by being like-
 minded, having the same love, being one in
 spirit and purpose….
…Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain
 conceit, but in humility consider others
 better than yourselves…
…Each of you should look not only to your own
 interests, but also to the interests of others.
 Your attitude should be the same as that of
 Christ Jesus- Philippians 1:1-5
Based on scripture and your experience:


Were the Philippians encouraged by being
 united with Christ?
Based on scripture and your experience:


Were the Philippians encouraged by being
 united with Christ?
How?
Based on scripture and your experience:


Did his love bring them comfort?


Comfort= paramuthion- tender consolation as
  an ongoing process
Based on scripture and your experience:


Did their faith bring them a fellowship with
  the Holy Spirit?


Fellowship= koinonea- deep, intimate
  communion, sharing oneself deeply with
  another
Based on scripture and your experience:


Did they, as followers of Christ, have any
  tenderness and compassion that came
  about through their faith?


Tenderness- a “gut-level” feeling for or
  empathy towards others
IF those things are true…THEN make my joy
  complete by…


Why is Paul’s joy not complete?
When you love Jesus, you are grieved by the
 things that grieve God
If those things are true…it naturally follows
   that they will have an attitude that:


- Is like-minded
…make my joy complete by being like-minded-
 vs. 2
If those things are true…it naturally follows
   that they will have an attitude that:


- Shares in common a love that overcomes
   their differences
…having the same love- vs. 2


What is that common love?
If those things are true…it naturally follows
   that they will have an attitude that:


- Is common in its purposes
…being one in spirit and purpose- vs. 2


How do inferior purposes cause problems?
The attitude produces actions:


Checking selfish ambition and conceit at the
 door
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain
 conceit- vs. 3
The attitude produces actions:


Choosing humility and placing others first
…but in humility consider others better than
 yourselves- vs. 3
Consideration for others must PRECEED
 concern for ourselves- Expositor’s Bible
 Commentary
The attitude produces actions:


Replacing self-centeredness with awareness
 of other people’s needs
Each of you should look not only to your own
  interests, but also to the interests of others-
  vs. 4
2 Objections:


I can’t love others unless I first learn to love
   myself!
Love your neighbor as yourself- Mark 12:31
2 Objections:


Do to others as you would have them do to
 you- Luke 6:31


…if we love one another, God lives in us and
 his love is made complete in us- 1 John 4:12
2 Objections:


“But I’m not getting what I need out of this
  relationship…”
2 Objections:


“I’m not being encouraged enough”


“I’m not being shown enough comfort and I
  don’t like the fellowship”
2 Objections:


“They aren’t tender enough when they talk
  to me- they hurt my feelings”


”There’s not enough compassion- they don’t
  think about my needs enough”
I’m not called to get it, but to give it
  …because I already have it in Christ
Smackdown:


Your attitude should be the same as that of
  Christ Jesus- vs. 5

								
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