February 16, 2020
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Paul recognizes the challenges these believers were facing from the enemies outside the church as well as inside the church. He knew the importance for these believers “to stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together” against those “adversaries” (1:27-28) outside the church. But in parallel fashion, Paul also knew the importance of being “like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (2:2) toward each other within the church. The bottom line is that each believer is to think like Christ; which is not so much about the academic world of knowledge but of one’s attitude toward unity with other believers.
Our union with Christ produces an ever growing communion with Christ which powerfully conveys unity with one another. Paul reveals both the indispensable process for unity and then answers three key questions about preserving this unity.
I. The determination of capacity – Philippians 2:1
What is the root for experiencing unity?
II. The description for community – Philippians 2:2
What does unity look like?
III. The distinctions to consider – Philippians 2:3-5
What are the challenges to unity?