Teacher: Pastor Chet Lowe

Scriptures: Philippians 2, Ephesians 4, Titus 3

  • Review of Philippians 1
    • Paul is in jail, but he sees it as an opportunity—not an obstacle, and redeems the time through prayer
    • Some Christians are taking advantage of his suffering, but he is focused on loving a church that brings him joy
    • He is depressed, but makes the decision that Christ will be magnified in his body (Philippians 1:20-21, Matthew 26:39)
    • He is setting an example of the conduct that is worthy of the Gospel and challenging them to behave with integrity and unity in their trial (Philippians 1:27, Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 4:1-6)
    • He reminds them that they have an enemy, and they need the confidence and courage which comes from the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit (John 16:33)
    • He teaches them that suffering is a grace because it’s been given to them to display the power of God (Philippians 1:29, 2 Corinthians 6:4-6, 11:22-30)
  • Philippians 2:1-4
    • We need the example of Christ to conduct ourselves properly in our trials
      • Since there is comfort, encouragement and fellowship with Him
        • We can be loving (which looks like affection and mercy) in our trials
        • We can be selfless in our trials