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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE           Page 5

V.17 ** To what extreme is Paul willing to take his obedience to Christ?

"even if I am being poured out as a drink offering"

**What was that?

As part of a final offering, Paul is referring to his life ending sacrifice on behalf of the Philippians' faith.

** What attitude does Paul's willing obedience produce while viewing so great a challenge?

"...I rejoice and share my joy with you all".

** Did you notice that Paul is not merely joyful? What did he do with that joy?

He shared it will other Christians!

V.18 ** Finally, what lessons does Paul urge the Philippians to learn from this?

First, that they would rejoice when they live obediently to Christ and suffer for it.

Second, when they experience that joy, don't keep it to themselves but share it with others.

** What depth of commitment is going to be needed for us to be able to follow Paul's pattern?

Total commitment, all the way to our thought life! Please turn to 2Corinthians 10:5

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul is arguing against those who were attacking his apostolic authority and the truth of God's message. Here in 2Corinthians 10:5 Paul gives us the secret to "The Joy of Obedience" even in the midst of the attack! (Read verse)

** What impact did Paul have on "speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God"?

He was continually destroying them.

** What practice in Paul's life was the backbone to his repeated victories?

"We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." His and everyone else's!

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