Timothy: A Christ-Like Example

Do you have someone in your life who seems to represent to you what it means to be a godly man or woman in Christ? Someone who encourages you to keep pressing forward in the faith? And someone in whom you trust for wisdom?

In Phil. 2:19-24, Paul gives the believers at Philippi the first of two godly role models in a show and tell of Christ-likeness.

Part 10 of a whole book study series called “Joy in Christ: A Study Through Philippians.”

Find the whole series in Philippians here.

Paul spent the first part of chapter 2 laying the foundations of what it looks like to be like Christ, beginning with Christ Himself and continuing on with Paul’s exhortations to Christian life.

This passage begins a section where Paul gives us human examples: people who live out the gospel, the humility, and the service of Christ. Essentially, Paul is saying to these believers (and to us), you want to know what being Christ-like looks like in a believer? Look at Timothy. Look at Epaphroditus (we’ll get to him next time). Continue reading

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Shine Like Lights

Have you ever seen a searchlight at night, playing back and forth across the sky? Your eyes are invariably drawn to its path and you wonder, what’s it there for?

As believers, we’re here in the darkness of this world to draw people to that light — the light of God’s truth in Christ. This study in Phil. 2:14-18 covers characteristics of believers and ways we are light in the midst of darkness.

Part 9 of a whole book study series called “Joy in Christ: A Study Through Philippians.”

Find the whole series in Philippians here.

How we walk in our daily lives – and particularly how we relate to each other as believers — strongly influences how the world sees us.

Complaints and Arguments

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 

It is easy to complain. I find myself doing it without even thinking. We complain about tangible objects, about people (especially their driving), about circumstances, about the weather. We complain about having to do things, from grocery shopping to weeding — even to the service we may do in the church or community. Continue reading

Saved By Grace, Living By Grace

Christ’s obedience and humility spur us to a closer walk with God, but do you think you have to do it alone, in your own strength? Study through Philippians 2:12-13 for more insight.

Part 8 of a whole book study series called “Joy in Christ: A Study Through Philippians.”

Find the whole series in Philippians here.

Obedience Modeled on Christ’s

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, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

The saying goes, “When you see a ‘therefore’ in scripture, you need to ask what the ‘therefore’ is there for.” This is a good example of how important it is to read your bible in context. Paul makes a slight shift in subject, but what he is talking about in these two verses is based upon what he has just finished with: Christ and his obedience. Continue reading