SPIRITUAL HARMONY<br />Learning to have the same attitude as Jesus Christ<br />Philippians 1:27-2:5<br />Charles E. Whisnant<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church September 6, 2009<br />Philippians 2:1-11 (1:1-5) <br />Need for self-effacement<br />1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of <br />one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Phil 2:1-5 <br />Christ’s Example of Humility HUMBLE<br />2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ESV<br />THE THEME OF THESE PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE TO THE PEOPLE AT PHILIPPI IN 62 A.D. The letter was written to the church at Philippi, one of the earliest churches to be founded in Europe.<br /><ul><li>The Doctrine of Christian Unity
The Pattern of Unity in the Believer’s life.</li></ul>Explanation<br />In this passage Paul speaks to a similar situation in the lives of the Philippian believers as he asks them to refocus their eyes on Jesus Christ. He begins by asking them to be of “one mind” (2:2). He admonishes them to do so by treating others as “more significant” than themselves and by watching out for not simply their own interests but each others’ interests also (2:3-4). To get his point across forcefully, he asks them to adopt the attitude of Jesus Christ, who being the godliest Person that ever walked on the earth did not consider His “equality with God” as something that should bestow Him with privileges and services from others (2:6). Instead Christ used it as an opportunity to serve others. Paul goes on to say that Christ did not only serve God and humanity but that he did it with utter humility by embracing death on the cross; a death so humiliating that the Roman empire had refused to subject Roman citizen to it (2:8). agodwardlife.com/Philippians/<br />LEARNING TO HAVE THE SAME ATTITUDE AS JESUS CHRIST<br />THE GREATEST BENEFIT AND BLESSINGS THAT THERE IS IN THE CONGREGATIONAL LIFE OF THE ORDINARY CHURCH, IS FOR THE BELIEVER TO SHOW UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.<br />REVIEW FROM PAUL’S FOUR- FOLD DEMONSTRATION OF SPIRITUAL LIFE<br />1ATo Holiness: 1:27<br />2ATo Unanimity: 1:27<br />3ATo Courage: 1:28<br />4AFearlessness in the strife, is to be associated with generosity of spirit in endurance. 1:29-30<br />HOW WAS LIFE IN PHILIPPI IN 62 A.D.<br /><ul><li>was a city in eastern Macedonia, in northern ancient Greece, established by Philip II in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest. The present municipality Filippoi is located near the ruins of the ancient city and it is part of the periphery of East Macedonia in Greece.
The city reappears in the sources during the Roman civil war that followed the assassination of Julius Caesar. His heirs Mark Antony and Octavian confronted the assassins of Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus and Cassius, at the Battle of Philippi in the plain to the west of the city in October, 42 BC. Antony and Octavian were victorious in this final battle against the partisans of the Republic. They released some of their veteran soldiers, probably from legion XXVIII and colonized them in the city, which was refounded as Colonia Victrix Philippensium. In 30 BC, Octavian became Roman emperor, reorganized the colony, and established more settlers there, veterans possibly from the Praetorian Guard and other Italians. The city was renamed Colonia Iulia Philippensis, and then Colonia Augusta Iulia Philippensis after January, 27 BC, when Octavian received the title Augustus from the Roman Senate.
Paul visited the city on two other occasions, in 56 and 57. The Epistle to the Philippians dates from around 61-62 and shows the immediate impact of Paul's instruction. The subsequent development of Christianity in Philippi is well-attested, notably by a letter from Polycarp of Smyrna addressed to the community in Philippi around 160 and by funerary inscriptions.</li></ul>The ancient city of Philippi was a “foremost city” of the Roman province of Macedonia located approximately 10 miles inland of what is now Kavala, Greece, (called Neapolis in Acts 16:11) the second largest city in northern Greece and the principal seaport of the eastern Macedonia region of Greece. <br /> Though its history went back hundreds of years before, in the time of the Emperor Augustus Philippi became a Roman colony, “a military settlement of Roman soldiers and citizens planted there to keep in subjection a newly-conquered district.” <br /> It was a “miniature Rome” under Roman municipal law, but governed by military officers who were appointed by Rome. <br /> Philippi was located on the Egnatian Way, the primary road across Macedonia. Paul would have traveled the Egnatian Way from Neapolis to Philippi, and later from Philippi to Amphipolis, Apollonia, and Thessalonica. <br /> By the time of Paul, the population of Philippi still consisted largely of active or retired Roman military legionaries and Roman citizens, with a mixture of native Macedonians, and a mix of people from all over the Greco-Roman world drawn. (Lydia, Paul’s first convert in Philippi, was from Thyatira in Asia Minor, now Akisar, Turkey.) <br /> Philippi did not have a large enough Jewish population (10 men) to have a synagogue, which is why Paul goes to a riverside prayer meeting on his first Sabbath rather than a Jewish synagogue as he customarily did..newlifenc.com/TeachingNotes/Philippians-<br />PAUL’S DESIRE FOR THE PEOPLE OF PHILIPPI I 62 A.D. WAS<br />1ASteadfastness, in changing circumstances. Unity, must remember that he belongs to an army and Energy, zeal for the success of the truth. (determination, dedication, commitment)<br /> <br />2AHeaven’s laws for the life of its citizens upon earth are connected to the gospel of their King.<br />Prize the Privilege<br />Study the Laws<br />Live the Life<br />NOW PHILIPPI WAS A MODEL CHURCH IN 62 A.D. The church was a good church:<br />Nobel 1:1<br />Genuine 1:5<br />Courage 1:7<br />Love was real 1:9<br />Prayerful 1:19<br />Generous giving 4<br />Devoted<br />Consistent<br />Doctrinal truths<br />THE PROBLEMS THAT WERE HAPPENING IN THE CHURCH WERE:<br />Disunity<br />Discord<br />Conflict<br />WHAT HAPPENS IN AN ESTABLISHED, WELL DISCIPLED, OLDER GROUP OF BELIEVERS IS SPIRITUAL APATHY. INDIFFERENCE SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM:<br />1B To the things of the Lord. 2B To the spiritual truth. 3B To spiritual issues.<br />In every letter that Paul wrote he brought up disunity (a lack of unity within a group, especially one caused by a disagreement or a difference of opinion.)<br />THE GOAL: <br /><ul><li>Is to see what God has built, and not to be torn down by men because of conflict.</li></ul>THE GREATEST TASK OF THE LEADERSHIP:<br /><ul><li>“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the church, is easily the most pressing, difficult, and constant activity of spiritual oversight. John MacArthur
Even in the church committed to divine truth, holy living, and doctrinal clarity has this lurking fear. In every church that I have worked in or have been the pastor this is the number one concern.
“There is a sense in which (disunity) is the danger of every healthy church. It is when people are really in earnest and their beliefs really matter to them that people are apt to get up against each other. The greater their enthusiasm for what they believe, the greater the danger that they may collide.” William Barclay
Often zeal to accomplish a worthy goal in a church, can, and does often cause discord.
Even in a church where you have doctrinal soundness; are spiritually committed; and active in ministry, discord can and often occurs.</li></ul>UNITY 2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. DISCORD: 3 Let nothing be done through strife, or vainglory. (Excessive pride in or boastfulness about personal abilities or achievements.)<br />A church body should not be a collection of marbles in a bag, but people drawn together by a common force: Jesus Christ. <br />LET US LOOK AT THIS WORD UNITY:(OH CAN THIS BE!)<br /><ul><li>THIS WORD UNITY IS NOT IN THE KJV. The word means: “the state or condition of being one. Harmony of opinion, interest, or feelings. “Likemindedness.”
In Scripture the idea of unity is more inward then outward.
It is internally compelling, not externally controlled.