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PHILIPPIANS: LESSON 4



I. BEING LIGHTS IN THE WORLD (2:12-18)


A. Work your own salvation to completion (2:12-13)

B. Do not murmur (v.14-15)

C. Hold forth the word of life (v.16)

D. Paul’s sacrifice of joy on brethren’s sacrifice of faith (v. 17)

E. Rejoice (v. 18)


 

QUESTIONS:


1. What lies behind, and is the basis for the connecting phrase:

“so then…obey…work out your own salvation”?


2. How consistent should our obedience be unto the Lord?


3. To “work out your own salvation”, one must:

(a) start, but don’t be too concerned of finishing, for God’s grace will cover you.

(b) start, but make sure you finish your race, living as a Christian.

(c) start, but spend your time worrying about everyone else’s imperfections.


4. ______________ and __________________ should accompany the working out your salvation.  Why?


5. To do all things without “questionings” or “disputing” means:

(a) never investigate the doctrine you hear from elders and preachers.

(b) never question the practices of your brethren.

(c) never question God’s faithfulness and Truth.


6. What three characteristics describe the true children of God in the world?


7. We shine as lights in the world when we _______   ___________ the __________ of ______________.


8. According to Paul, he would have run and labored in vain if:


9. What kind of offering did Paul visualize himself being in connection with the sacrifice of the Philippians’ faith?


10. What should this offering produce in the Philippians?



MATCH THESE KEY WORDS:


BLAMELESS      “turned aside and distorted”


HARMLESS        “stars”


PERVERSE:         unmixed, or without mixture of evil”


LIGHTS:              “cannot find fault”



PHILIPPIANS: LESSON 5



I. PAUL AND HIS MESSENGERS (2:19-30)


A. Paul hopes to send Timothy to the Philippians shortly (2:19-24)

1. Purpose: To know the Philippians’ condition – be comforted

2. Timothy:

a. Like-minded with Paul – truly cares

b. Serves Paul in the furtherance of the Gospel

            3. Paul hopes to come to the Philippians soon.


B. Paul has sent Epaphroditus to the Philippians (2:25-30).

1. Epaphroditus:

a. Brother

b. Fellow-worker

c. Fellow – soldier

d. Philippians’ messenger

e. Philippians’ minister to Paul’s needs

2. Epaphroditus’ experiences:

a. Longed after the Philippians

b. Sick – nigh unto death

c. Recovered due to God’s mercy

3. Philippians exhorted to receive Epaphroditus

4. Philippians to honor Epaphroditus for his work and courage


 

QUESTIONS:


1. Whom did Paul want to send shortly to the Philippians?

Why?


2. How did this person differ from most?


3. How was this person like Paul?


4. Describe the relationship that Paul had with this person in furthering the Gospel?


5. In whom did Paul hope and trust his plans for the future?


6. Why was it necessary for Paul to send Epaphroditus to the Philippians?


7. Why was Epaphroditus in Rome with Paul?


8. Give evidence for the following statements concerning Epaphroditus:

a. He was a brave man:


b. He was a selfless and compassionate man:


c. He was a man deserving of honor:


9. In what two ways were the Philippians to receive Epaphroditus?


10. Is it true that if you are a Christian you will not become sick?