Summary: Paul tells us what attitude we need to glorify God.

An Attitude Adjustment

Philippians 2:1-18

I. The Necessary Example—Jesus (v. 1-11)

a. Necessities of the church (v. 1)

i. Trust in Christ

ii. Encouragement because of love

iii. Spirit-filled gatherings (John 4:23-24)

iv. Compassion among believers (Colossians 3:12; John 13:34-35)

b. Production of the church (v. 2-4)

i. Unity (v. 2)

1. In mind (1 Corinthians 1:10)

2. In love (Ephesians 4:1-3)

3. In spirit (Romans 15:5; 1 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 4:4; Philippians 1:27)

4. In purpose (1 Corinthians 3:8)

ii. Humility—selfless not selfish (v. 3-4; Philippians 1:15-17; Galatians 5:26)

c. Attitude example Jesus provides (v. 5-11)

i. Did not take advantage of His position (v. 5-6)

ii. Was an obedient servant unto death (v. 7-8; Hebrews 12:1-2)

iii. Received God’s exaltation (v. 9-11; Luke 14:11; James 4:10)

II. The Necessary Practice (v. 12-13)

a. Work carefully and diligently to mature as a Christian (v. 12; Ephesians 4:11-16)

b. Allow God to control you (v. 13; Colossians 3:15)

III. The Necessary Results (v. 14-18)

a. No disputes (v. 14; 1 Corinthians 10:10; 1 Peter 4:9)

b. Testimonies that shine (v. 15; Matthew 5:16)

c. Joy in service (v. 16-18; Psalm 100:2)


John 4:23-24— 23"But (A)an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father (B)in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

24"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship (C)in spirit and truth."

Colossians 3:12— 12So, as those who have been (A)chosen of God, holy and beloved, (B)put on a (C)heart of compassion, kindness, (D)humility, gentleness and (E)patience;

John 13:34-35— 34"A (A)new commandment I give to you, (B)that you love one another, (C)even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

35"(D)By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

1 Corinthians 1:10— 10Now (A)I exhort you, (B)brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no (C)divisions among you, but that you be made complete in (D)the same mind and in the same judgment.

Ephesians 4:1-3— 1Therefore I, (A)the prisoner of the Lord, (B)implore you to (C)walk in a manner worthy of the (D)calling with which you have been (E)called,

2with all (F)humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another (G)in love,

3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the (H)bond of peace.

Romans 15:5— 5Now may the (A)God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you (B)to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 6:17— 17But the one who joins himself to the Lord is (A)one spirit with Him.

Ephesians 4:4— 4There is (A)one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one (B)hope of your calling;

Philippians 1:27— 27Only conduct yourselves in a manner (A)worthy of the (B)gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are (C)standing firm in (D)one spirit, with one mind (E)striving together for the faith of the gospel;

1 Corinthians 3:8— 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will (A)receive his own reward according to his own labor.

Philippians 1:15-17— 15(A)Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;

16the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the (B)gospel;

17the former proclaim Christ (C)out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my (D)imprisonment.

Galatians 5:26— 26Let us not become (A)boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

Hebrews 12:1-2— 1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also (A)lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us (B)run with (C)endurance the race that is set before us,

2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the (D)author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him (E)endured the cross, (F)despising the shame, and has (G)sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Luke 14:11— 11"(A)For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

James 4:10— 10(A)Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

Ephesians 4:11-16— 11And He (A)gave (B)some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as (C)evangelists, and some as pastors and (D)teachers,

12(E)for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of (F)the body of Christ;

13until we all attain to (G)the unity of the faith, and of the (H)knowledge of the Son of God, to a (I)mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the (J)fullness of Christ.

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