OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ 4:1-23 A. Peace with fellow believers, 1-3 B. Peace with God, 4-9 C. Peace in all circumstances, 10-19 D. Conclusion, 20-23
4. Therefore, my brothers, you whom I loveand long for, my joy and crown, that is how youshould stand firm in the Lord, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with 2Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, 3 ahelp these women who have contended at myside in the cause of the gospel, along withClement and the rest of my fellowworkers, whose names are in the book of life.ee oo d ahsyn-ta-kee
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ A. Peace with fellow believers, 1-3v. 2 ―plead‖, a strong verb meaning to exhort, to implore, to beg.Euodia, Syntyche (leaders in the Philippian church)v. 4 ―loyal yokefellow‖, could mean a person called Syzygus which means loyal yokefellow or it could mean someone or the whole church called upon to help the disagreement
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ A. Peace with fellow believers, 1-3How had Euodia and Syntyche helped Paul in the past?What was Paul’s relationship with Clement?How could Paul count on his ―loyal yokefellow‖?
Rejoice 4 in the Lord always. I will say it again:Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. TheLord is near. 6Do not be anxious aboutanything, but in everything, by prayer andpetition, with thanksgiving, present your requests toGod. 7And the peace of God, which transcends allunderstanding, will guard your hearts and your mindsin Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is 8noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever islovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellentor praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard fromme, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God ofpeace will be with you.
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ B. Peace with God, 4-9v. 6 ―Do not be anxious‖, stop worrying, but with prayer, petition make your requests known. Three synonyms in a row to describe the alternative to anxiety and worry.v. 8 Finally signals the end of the commands in this section. Reflect critically or think about that which is…
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ B. Peace with God, 4-9How did Paul tell the Philippian believers to treat others?What are we to do instead of worrying?How can we enjoy the presence of the God of peace?
10I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you haverenewed your concern for me. Indeed, you havebeen concerned, but you had no opportunity toshow it. 11I am not saying this because I am inneed, for I have learned to be content whatever thecircumstances. 12I know what it is to be inneed, and I know what it is to have plenty. I havelearned the secret of being content in any and everysituation, whether well fed or hungry, whether livingin plenty or in want. 13I can do everything throughhim who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the earlydays of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I setout from Macedonia, not one church shared with mein the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sentme aid again and again when I was in need. 17Notthat I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for whatmay be credited to your account. 18I have receivedfull payment and even more; I am amply supplied,now that I have received from Epaphroditus the giftsyou sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptablesacrifice, pleasing to God. 19And my God will meetall your needs according to his glorious riches inChrist Jesus.
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ C. Peace in all circumstances, 10-19v. 12 ―need‖ This is a different Greek word than the one in verse 11 and refers to the lowering of water in a river OR a reference to fundamental needs like food and water.v. 13 ―everything‖ a better translation would be all of these things (what he has just described)
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ C. Peace in all circumstances, 10-19Why could Paul handle any kind of circumstance?What did Paul not want?How would God reciprocate the believers’ generosity?
20To our God and Father be glory for everand ever. Amen.21Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. Thebrothers who are with me send greetings.22All the saints send yougreetings, especially those who belong toCaesar’s household.23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ bewith your spirit. Amen. a
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ D. Conclusion, 20-23v. 21 ―all the saints‖ Paul sends his greeting to everyone at the Philippian church not mentioning any by name in order to show he is not taking sides on whatever dispute is going on. ―the brothers‖ refers to the others ministiring with him, which would include Timothy and others.v. 22 ―all the saints‖ here he is referring to the Christians in Rome including those in Caesar’s household.
OUTLINE IV. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Peace of Christ D. Conclusion, 20-23Who sent final greetings to the Philippians?To what did Paul give prominence in closing his letter?
Key Verses Chapter 1:21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Key Verses Chapter 2:3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Key Verses Chapter 3:8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Key Verses Chapter 4:13I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.