20: “Let Your Conduct Be Worthy of the
Gospel of Christ” (1) (Php 1:27-2:11)
Up to this point,
the epistle has focused mainly on Paul’s personal situation. Now, he makes a
series of practical appeals to the Philippians. In the midst of persecution,
believers must strive for the gospel with one spirit and one mind. They must
imitate Christ so that their conduct can be a testimony to the gospel.
“Let this mind be
in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (2:5).
1. What are the requirements, according to
this section, for striving together for the faith of the gospel?
1a. How does the first
phrase of 1:27 introduce the teachings that follow?
1b. Why is our conduct so important to the
2. Based on this paragraph, what can enable us
to be steadfast in preaching the gospel of Christ?
3. According to Paul, what is a proof of
perdition to the adversaries and of salvation to the believers?
4a. What does Paul mean
by “the conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me” (30)?
4b. What should be our
view of suffering?
5. 2:1 uses God’s grace as an introduction to
the exhortation on unity. Why is God’s grace fundamental to unity?
6a. What motives or
attitudes disrupt unity? Give some practical examples.
6b. Conversely, what
spiritual qualities help us achieve unity?
7. What is the mind of Christ Jesus that we
should also have (5)?
8. Observe and record the progression in the
hymn in 6-11 about Jesus’ humility and exaltation.
9. Why does unity necessarily involve
sacrifice, as illustrated by the example of our Lord Jesus?
10. What motivated the Lord Jesus to humble
Himself? What lesson can we learn from this about what motivates unity?