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Philippians 2:1-4

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Philippians 2:1-4
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So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
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complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
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Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
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Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

  1. How can we fulfill Paul's joy?
    Philippians 2:1-2
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    So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
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    complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
  2. How are we to esteem others?
    Philippians 2:3
    Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
  3. What are we to look out for?
    Philippians 2:4
    Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:5-11

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Philippians 2:5-11
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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
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who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
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but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
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Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
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so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
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and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  1. What mind are we to have?
    Philippians 2:5
    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
  2. How did Jesus humble Himself?
    Philippians 2:6-8
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    who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
    7
    but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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    And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
  3. What kind of name did God give to Jesus?
    Philippians 2:9
    Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
  4. As a result of what Jesus did, what will every person and created being do?
    Philippians 2:10-11
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    so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11
    and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:12-13
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Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
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for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

  1. How are we to work out our salvation?
    Philippians 2:12
    Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
  2. Who is at work in us?
    Philippians 2:13
    for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:14-18

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God.

Philippians 2:14-18
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Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
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that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
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holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
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Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
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Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

  1. How are we to do all things?
    Philippians 2:14
    Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
  2. If we do all things without complaining and disputing, what will we become? How will we shine?
    Philippians 2:15
    that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
  3. What are we to be holding forth?
    Philippians 2:16
    holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
  4. What was Paul willing to do for them?
    Philippians 2:17
    Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
  5. For the same reason, what should we do?
    Philippians 2:18
    Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 2:19-24

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.

Philippians 2:19-24
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I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.
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For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
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For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
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But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
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I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,
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and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.

  1. Who did Paul plan to send to them? What would happen when Paul would know their state?
    Philippians 2:19
    I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.
  2. How did Paul view Timothy?
    Philippians 2:20
    For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
  3. What did everyone else do?
    Philippians 2:21
    For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
  4. What did they already know about Timothy?
    Philippians 2:22
    But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
  5. When would Paul send him?
    Philippians 2:23
    I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,
  6. What did he want to do himself?
    Philippians 2:24
    and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.

Philippians 2:25-30

Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need.

Philippians 2:25-30
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I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,
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for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
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Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
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I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
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So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
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for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

  1. Who was Epaphroditus to Paul, and who was he to them?
    Philippians 2:25
    I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,
  2. Why was Epaphroditus distresses?
    Philippians 2:26
    for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
  3. How sick had he been?Who did God have mercy on?
    Philippians 2:27
    Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
  4. Why did Paul send him eagerly?
    Philippians 2:28
    I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
  5. How were they to receive him?
    Philippians 2:29-30
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    So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
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    for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
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