Contemporary culture often touts a “do whatever it takes to win” mentality. Paul, however, exhorted Christians to strive for unity by practicing genuine humility and charity. Since we are united with the Lord, we need to train our minds to think correctly, teaches Alistair Begg. Enjoying the blessings of Christ’s love and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit ought to lead us to express godly mercy and compassion to others with the goal of edifying, rather than conquering.
1So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Even as a prisoner, the Apostle Paul remained confident about his direction and purpose in life: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” When pride and jealousy fostered division among the Philippian Christians, then, Paul redirected their focus to Jesus, the supreme example of sacrificial love. Passionate that all should share in God’s grace, he also provided principles to guide the Church in all generations as we set our sights on Him.
In Volume 1 of this series, Alistair Begg examines the loving, Gospel-centered partnership Paul enjoyed with the Philippians. Concerned that neither their fellowship nor their witness would be jeopardized, Paul promoted unity through humility, charity, and practical obedience. By trusting in God’s providence and promises, we too can learn to rejoice in all circumstances and display faith that is attractive to a watching world.
|Partners in the Gospel||Philippians 1:1-6|
|Feelings and Longings||Philippians 1:7-11|
|Christ is Preached||Philippians 1:12-18|
|Desires and Necessities||Philippians 1:18-26|
|Take a Stand||Philippians 1:27-30|
|Living in Harmony||Philippians 2:1-4|
|The Attitude of Christ||Philippians 2:5-8|
|Name Above Every Other Name||Philippians 2:9-11|
|Who is Doing What?||Philippians 2:12-13|
|Becoming Children of God||Philippians 2:14-18|
|That's What Friends Are||Philippians 2:19-30|
The Apostle Paul was in no doubt as to his direction and purpose in life. In the very heart of this letter to the Philippians, he makes his focus clear. "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" Throughout this letter, Paul urges upon these dear Philippian believers the need for them to be equally focused when it comes to the matter of living for Christ.
This series of studies will not only prove useful for the Christian who is seeking to get "back on track," but also to the local church that is seeking to discover its identity in Christ and fulfill the purpose God has for it. The problems that had arisen among Philippian Christians could not be allowed to jeopardize their enjoyment of one another’s company, nor their witness before the watching world. Like a skillful shepherd, Paul establishes them in the truths necessary to live for Christ.
|Righteousness From God||Philippians 3:1|
|I Want To Know Christ||Philippians 3:4|
|Christian Maturity||Philippians 3:12|
|Where Do I Belong?||Philippians 3:17-4:1|
|Love, Joy, Peace||Philippians 4:2|
|The Power of Proper Thinking||Philippians 4:1|
|Learning for Living||Philippians 4:8|
|The Secret of Contentment||Philippians 4:10|
|Spiritual Investing, Part One||Philippians 4:14|
|Spiritual Investing, Part Two||Philippians 4:14|