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Philippians 2:14-16

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Do All Things without Grumbling or Disputing

Philippians 2:14-16

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Lesson Number 10

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Grumbling and disputing affect the status of a child of God.
  2. Grumbling and disputing affect the testimony of the church of God.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s not turn out the lights.

Questions

  1. How does grumbling and disputing affect the status of a child of God?
  2. How does grumbling and disputing affect the testimony of the church of God?
  3. What is the mission of the believer, as stated in this passage?
  4. According to this passage, what kind of a world is out there?
  5. A good dose of Philippians can be preventive medicine for a church. What does this mean?

Answers

  1. When a Christian grumbles, he is not without fault before God. All Christians will stand at the judgment seat of Christ, and their lives will be reviewed at that time. See Matthew 12:36 and 2 Corinthians 5:10.
  2. When unbelievers see Christians grumbling, they fail to see Christ. As such, Christians fail in their mission, dishonoring the name of Christ.
  3. To shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.
  4. A crooked and perverse generation
  5. Paul desired that the rift in the church be healed, for little problems can lead to bigger ones, even to church splits. When unity reigns a church is healthy.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Do you grumble? Think how this hurts God. Think what it means to unbelievers when they hear you grumbling.
  2. Do you dispute or fail to defend the faith? Think of what this means in God’s eyes. Think of what this means to an unbeliever.

Challenge

  1. Shine as a light in this dark world so as to glorify your Father in heaven. Be a child of God without fault.

Key Verses

  • “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life..” Philippians 2:14-16

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