Bible Study | Philippians 4:1-9 | June 21, 2020

Philippians 4:1-9 [ESV]                           

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:1-9 [NLT]

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.

Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

 

Diffusing Disharmony & Enjoying True Peace

  1. The Foundation of Love

“Whom I love” (ἀγαπητοὶ) and “my beloved” (ἀγαπητοί) are spelled the same in the Greek text. The only difference is the accent mark. Both mean “one who is loved.”

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“Brothers” is a general term Paul used for fellow Christians (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 6:23) and co-workers in Christ’s mission (Philippians 4:21), whether male or female. When we are brought into the family of God we become children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ. As such, we are all loved by our heavenly Father and must love one another. This is our high calling and the true measure of a follower of Jesus.

Read Psalm 133 (The Watermelon Psalm) What images of unity are particularly meaningful to you?

How did you get along with your brothers and sisters growing up? If you have children, how does that impact your understanding of the importance that brothers and sisters love each other?

  1. Love in Action: Urging Euodia and Syntyche to think in harmony with the mind of Christ

Ways to deal with conflict:

Key elements to this conflict resolution:

  • Agree in the Lord
  • Use of a third party (true companion)
  • Appeal to true identity
  • Reminder of high calling

 

  1. A Call (again) to Joy
  • “Rejoice in the Lord” The present imperative is a call to continual habitual action.
  • “Rejoice in the Lord” focuses on the source and center of true joy: The Lord.
  • “Rejoice in the Lord. Again I will say…” elevates the importance of this command.

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.”

  • Joy in the Lord
  • Sadness toward the world
  • No gnat-straining and camel swallowing (cf. Matthew 23:24)
  • “The Main Thing is to keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.”
  • “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity.” – Marco Antonio de Dominis

 

  1. The Answer to anxiety: Pray
  • There’s nothing too big for God to handle
  • There’s nothing too small for God to dismiss
  • Pray about everything and anything with thanksgiving

How is that going for you these days? How often do you end up leaning on the promise of Romans 8:26?

  1. A Mind is a terrible thing to pollute!

List some things that are:

  • True
  • Honorable
  • Just
  • Pure
  • Lovely
  • Commendable
  • Anything of excellence
  • Anything worthy of praise

How do you think about those things?

Who is your example? For whom are you an example in regard to these things?

LOGO with address

 

 

 

 

Rev. Dr. David Bahn, Senior Pastor

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