Maintaining Unity in Christ

Proposition: In Philippians 4:2-3 we see that believers in Christ must live out two practical implications of their relationship with Christ so that the local church might stand firm,  joyfully united in their advancement of the gospel

  1. Those who are in Christ MUST humble themselves and maintain unity with their brothers and sisters in Christ (v. 2)
  2. Those who are in Christ MUST humbly help others maintain unity with their brothers and sisters in Christ (v. 3)

Foundational Commitments of Faithful Christians (Philippians 2:19-24)

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Proposition: In Philippians 2:19-24, Paul and Timothy exemplify two foundational commitments of faithful Christians that we must have, so that we will be like-minded, united, and joyfully advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ together. 

  1. Faithful Christians genuinely seek the well-being of the local church of Jesus Christ (2:19-21, 23-24) 
  2. Faithful Christians humbly serve alongside the local church to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ (2:22, 19-24) 

The Practicality of Working Out Your Own Salvation (Philippians 2:14-18)

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Proposition: In Philippians 2:14-18, God addresses 5 common questions about living as a Christian, so that your manner of life might be worthy of the gospel of Christ. 

  1. What am I to do? (v. 14) 
  2. Why am I to do it? (v. 15)
  3. How am I to do it? (v. 16)
  4. At what cost am I to do it? (v. 17)
  5. For what outcome am I to do it? (v. 18)

Humility Gloriously Exemplified (Philippians 2.5-8)

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Proposition: In Philippians 2:5-8 Paul shows us two counter-cultural decisions of Christ which reflect a mind-set of absolute humility so that by thinking and acting like Christ, the local church might be joyfully united in their efforts to advance the gospel. 

  1. Christ did not wield his status and authority to serve himself (v. 6)
  2. Christ waived his status and authority to serve others (v. 7-8)
    1. Christ made himself nothing (v. 7)
    2. Christ humiliated himself (v. 8)

The Kind of CommUNITY That Causes Joy (Philippians 2:1-4)

Proposition: In Philippians 2:1-4, God reveals 4 directives for the church at Philippi to live in unity, which would complete Paul's joy, so that we too might live in unity that causes joy for one another.

1.  Evaluate Your Position in God (v. 1)

2.  Strive Toward Harmony in the Local Church (v. 2)

3.  Abolish Selfish Actions and Attitudes (vv. 3-4)

4.  Consider Others Highly (vv 3-4)

When the Preaching of Antagonists and Allies is in Agreement (Philippians 1:15-18)

Proposition:  In Philippians 1:15-18, God shows you 2 contrasting motives that some preachers have in their proclamation of Christ and how you should respond.

1.  Motive 1: A Love for Christ (vv. 15-16)

2.  Motive 2: A Love for Competition (vv. 15, 17)

3.  Response: Regardless, Rejoice! (v. 18)

Bold and Joyful Participation in the Unstoppable Progress of the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-14)

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A. The Main Idea: God uses the persecution of His saints to advance His gospel so that you will be courageous and joyful even in the midst of suffering for Christ (v. 12)

B. The Supporting Evidence: Two ways that God uses the persecution of His saints to advance His gospel (vv. 13-14)

  1. God uses persecution to enable non-believing hearts to hear the gospel (v. 13)
     
  2. God uses persecution to enflame believing hearts to preach the gospel (v. 14)