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Philippians 2:1-4

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A Call to Unity, continued

Philippians 2:1-4

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Lesson Number 7

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. There are four realities of spiritual unity.
  2. There are four characteristics of spiritual unity.
  3. There are four steps to keeping spiritual unity.

Practical Application

  1. Stop looking around for the perfect church.

Questions

  1. What is the main theme of the epistle to the Philippians?
  2. According to this portion of Scripture, how was Satan defeated?
  3. List the four realities of spiritual unity.
  4. List the four characteristics of spiritual unity.
  5. List the four steps to keeping spiritual unity.

Answers

  1. To strive for unity amongst the brethren
  2. Satan was sowing seeds of disunity, but God overruled by allowing this letter to be written and to become part of the Bible. This book has been a help to innumerable churches through the ages as they have dealt with discord and disunity.
  3. a. there is consolation in Christ b. there is comfort in love c. there is fellowship of the Spirit d. there is affection and mercy
  4. a. being of the same mind (like-minded) b. having the same love (not of self, but for the Lord and His people) c. being of one accord (united in spirit) d. being of one mind (in intent and purpose; not our agenda, but God’s agenda)
  5. a. do nothing from selfish ambition (no hidden agenda) b. do nothing from conceit (do not look for credit when you give) c. in lowliness of mind or humility, esteem others better than yourself d. let each look out for the interests of others.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Are the four characteristics of spiritual unity evident in your life?
  2. Review the four steps to keeping spiritual unity. Take them one step at a time to see how you measure up.

Challenge

  1. Read Psalm 133:1 and Ephesians 4:3. What do these verses tell you about God’s desire for His church? What is your part in this? Determine to esteem others better than yourself.

Key Verses

  • “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interest of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

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