Philippians | Week 4
1. Unity calls for us to set aside divisions through the example of Christ
Conduct yourself like a citizen that is worthy of the gospel.
The community that has been saved by grace is shaped by this grace so it can share this grace with others.
Difference in the makeup of the community: see Acts 16:11-40.
Difference in the mindset of the community.
Rivalry: party factions and fighting.
Conceit: think of yourself too highly, put yourself in a position above others.
Take up cross: death means we no longer have an agenda (kills rivalry) and it’s humiliating (kills conceit).
2. Unity comforts us as we suffer together for the purposes of Christ
Suffering is painful but it’s purposeful.
We find courage like He did (1:2929).
We become like Him and know Him (3:10-11).
We demonstrate Him with others to unbelievers (1:30).