Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love
and long for, my joy and crown, that is how
you should stand firm in the Lord dear
friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead
with Syntyche to agree with each other in
Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help
these women, who have contended at my
side in the cause of the gospel, along with
Clement and the rest of my fellow workers,
whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it
again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be
evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all
understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable—if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy—think about
such things. Whatever you have learned or
received or heard from me, or seen in me—
put it into practice. And the God of peace
will be with you.
To stand firm we must
beware the slippery slope of
The difference between standing firm in the
Lord and a slippery slope is not experiencing
conflict, but how we HANDLE conflict.
…we must LEARN to work through our
DIFFERENCES with other believers.
We must beware the slippery
slope of RIGID LEGALISM
Standing firm in the Lord is allowing Him to
DIRECT how we RELATE to others…
We must beware the slippery slope of
allowing our CIRCUMSTANCES to shape our
ATTITUDES rather than the Lord.
“Always” separates our
CAUSE for JOY from our
circumstances and roots it
in the Lord.
The more we rejoice the more we will
CONVERT our CIRCUMSTANCES into
occasions for prayer…
The CONTENT of your
CONTEMPLATION will either
aid you in standing firm or
create a slippery slope.
“think about these things” that you may be
able to TRANSLATE them into practice.
Please take a moment to fill out your
My Next Step Today is to:
( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin)
( ) Examine if I handle conflict in a godly way
( ) Take some time to simply rejoice in the Lord
( ) Evaluate if I relate to others in a “gentle,
( ) Contemplate what I contemplate; is it God
honoring and followed up in practice
( ) Other________________________