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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

THE JOY OF UNITY   Philippians 2:1-4             Download this Bible Study


** It was encouraging for us all, last week, to see the apostle Paul as he was "Challenging the Brethren" at the end of chapter one in his letter to the Philippians. Do you recall the first thing he used to challenge their lifestyle.

Paul called them to live godly in an evil world, which is filled with opposition. They were going to have to determine within their own hearts that they would strive each day to "walk in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ"(V.27).

** What did Paul add to the challenge of trying to live godly for Christ's sake?

We must live godly - knowing all the time that we will suffer, because we have come to believe in the One who gave His life for us.

** Have you been mindful of this challenge over the past week? How has it impacted your daily walk with our precious Lord?

It has directly impacted my moment-by-moment decision making process. By God's grace, I am more aware of the need for increased godliness in my life, that I might reflect the Person of Jesus Christ to those around me. cf. 2Corinthians 3:18


** So far in his letter to the Philippians, Paul has mentioned "Joy" in one form or another four times, (vv. 4, 18, 18, 25) and will continue to do this throughout the epistle. It is the central theme of all that Paul has to share with them. However, what are the settings of life which contribute the most to the "Joy" of a Christian? Over the next five weeks Paul will answer that question for us in our study together of chapter two. We will learn from him about:

THE JOY OF UNITY - Philippians 2:1-4
THE JOY OF HUMILITY - Philippians 2:5-11
THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE - Philippians 2:12-18
THE JOY OF FAITHFULNESS - Philippians 2:19-24
THE JOY OF REUNION - Philippians 2:25-30

Let's read together our passage for today as Paul describes for us "The Joy of Unity" which can only be found through faith in Jesus Christ.

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Opening Prayer

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