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Summary: Knowing persecution can cause an attitude of insecurity, cliques and disharmony, Paul calls for the church to be in one accord, harmony, and humility, following the example of Christ himself.

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INTRODUCTION

A. Thus Far in Series of Philippians

Last week, we saw that just as Paul was being persecuted from a false tongue, so the Philippian congregation was being persecuted the same way.

Paul’s advice to the church was to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

READ 1.27-28

In these 2 verses, he gave 3 Charges: 1- Stand firm in One Spirit, 2- Stand as ONE, and to 3- Stand Firm knowing that God will prevail.

Verses 27-28 setup chapter 2:

Our Tongue should prove our heart – our ATTITUDE – is different BECAUSE WE BELONG TO CHRIST.

B. PHILIPPIANS 2:1-5

Paul wanted unity so they could carry on the ministry of the gospel & to stand firm knowing that God Was In Control.

And he shows that the only way for the body of Christ to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of Christ was to HAVE THE ATTITUDE OF CHRIST!

Verse 1 – Shows 4 Results from “Being United With Christ”

Verse 2 – Shows 4 “Goals for Harmony” in the Church

Verses 3-5 – Calls for a Humble Spirit – An Attitude such as Christ!

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I. RESULTS FROM BEING ‘UNITED WITH CHRIST’ (Verse 1)

READ VERSE 1

a. “if” – Paul is NOT stating doubt but rather a strong affirmation.

The key thought here is not a question of IF but rather the result from being united with Christ.

Better wording: “SINCE YOU ARE UNITED WITH CHRIST” – WHAT?

4 RESULTS From “Being United With Christ”

1. “ENCOURAGEMENT” - When Jesus was talking to His disciples preparing them for His leaving, He used the same word in describing the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16 (NIV)

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor (Comforter) to be with you forever--

Word translated in the Greek is the same word Paul used here. It’s describes ‘one coming along side urgently’ (do NOT expand)

APPLICATION:

Being UNITED WITH CHRIST brings the ENCOURAGEMENT of knowing another is coming ALONG YOUR SIDE URGENTLY!

2. “COMFORT FROM HIS LOVE” – Does Christ’s work on the cross bring you comfort?

1 John 4:16 (NIV)

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

APPLICATION:

Does your comfort in Christ allow you to give that same comfort to another? (if we don’t live in love, then GOD IS NOT in us)

3. “FELLOWSHIP IN SPIRIT” – We saw the gift of the H.S. to bring a helper along one’s side. But for what PURPOSE is the H.S.?

1st Individually – A deposit until the Lord Jesus comes to claim His church.

Ephesians 1:13b-14 (NIV)

13 …Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession”

His job is to prepare you for presentation! To help you realize perfection!

John 14:26 (NIV)

26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

2nd As A Church - ALL Believers are also UNITED by that Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV)

13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…


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