Chapter One, Lesson Five
CHALLENGING THE BRETHREN Philippians 1:27-30 Print this Bible Study
** In our study together last week we learned that we could be bold for
Christ without any consideration of life and/or death. How does our boldness
correspond to that fact that we are "Dependent on the Brethren"
1. Our life is supported by prayer. (V.19)
2. Christ should always be exalted in my body, whether by life or death.
3. To live is Christ. (V.21)
4. To die is gain. (V.21)
5. My boldness can produce progress and joy in the faith for other believers.
** Did anyone have the opportunity to be bold in their faith this past
Sometimes our boldness can only be read by the Lord. He knows the level
of our commitment and devotion to His truth, even when we do not have
a specific opportunity to share with others, God knows what is in our
hearts. cf. 1Samuel 16:7
** Today we will see that our circumstances can actually be used by God
to increase our boldness for
Him. In this first chapter of Paul's letter to the Philippians we have
seen that our joy is manifested as we are; "Thankful for the Brethren",
"Longing for the Brethren", "Encouraging the Brethren"
and "Dependent on the Brethren". That joy can become extremely
bold as it is challenged by the furnace of testing provided by God through
As the apostle closes out this first chapter, he is going to be "Challenging
the Brethren" by showing the relationship between their conduct
and their God ordained circumstances. Let's learn together how this
all relates to us today and the impact it should have on our daily conduct
or walk with the Lord.
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