Teacher: Pastor Chet Lowe

Main Scripture: Philippians 4

  • v. 1 Paul doesn’t waste his time debating with people
    • Doctrinal debate
      • Is fruitless (2 Timothy 2:14, 23-26)
      • Prevents ministry (Mark 9:14)
      • Doesn’t produce the character of God (Romans 14:17)
  • v. 2 This letter was read publicly
    • We need to pay attention to the conviction of the Spirit when it’s personal
  • v. 3 The church was called to help these ladies
    • This conflict was evident to all and dealing with it was imperative for the sake of the Gospel
  • Paul teaches us how to handle our problems with people
    • v. 2 Be of the same mind in humility despite what it costs you
      • Forgiveness is costly because it hurts
    • v. 3 Get spiritually mature people involved to help if you can’t solve it alone
      • Ask others to bring clarity and accountability
    • v. 4 Rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3:1, 4:23)
      • Let joy protect you from bitterness
    • v. 5 Be gentle and forbearing (2 Corinthians 10:1)
      • Plan ahead to bear with people by being self-controlled in your emotions
    • v. 5 Remember Jesus is coming back (1 Corinthians 16:22, James 5:8)
      • Acting like it will hold you accountable to walking worthy
    • v. 6 Pray
      • Prayer guards your hearts and minds and brings a peace that surpasses understanding
    • v. 8 Keep your mind on Jesus
      • He is true, noble, pure, lovely, excellent and worthy of praise