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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Five



** How could all of this be used by Paul in his efforts to be "Challenging the Brethren"? What was the first thing he used to challenge their lifestyle?

Paul called them to live godly in an evil world, which is filled with opposition. They were going to have to determine within their own hearts that they would strive each day to "walk in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ".

** What did Paul add to the challenge of trying to live godly for Christ's sake?

We must live godly - knowing all the time that we will suffer, because we have come to believe in the One who gave His life for us.


** What types of suffering did Paul have to endure for the sake of Jesus Christ, and how much of it might we expect today?

cf. 2Corinthians 11:23-28

Labors, imprisonments, beatings, danger of death, "39" lashes, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, dangers from; journeys, robbers, countrymen, Gentiles, the city, the wilderness, the sea, false brethren. He often went without food or water in cold and exposure. In addition to all of that, he had a "daily pressure" of concern for all the churches.


** How easily do we complain when things do not go our way? When we think that life has handed us a challenge that is just too big, or just too inconvenient - how do we respond?

Ours must be the prepared heart that will accept the challenge and walk in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for His name sake!


** Let's ask the Lord to keep us mindful of this marvelous challenge placed before the Philippian believers in our passage for today and to be willing to embrace it as our own.

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