Week Five — Philippians 2:19-30

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  1. Nancy Brehm
    Nancy Brehm says:

    How timely are Paul’s words to the Phillpians for us today at Liberty. At the closing of your discussion regarding verses 2:19-30; “We don’t need to be physically together because there is comfort in a community bound together in Christ’s Love. Our joy in difficult circumstances is untouchable and unstoppable.
    Thank you for this study being on line and the ability to re-wind these gems given to us.

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    • Pastor Kyle
      Pastor Kyle says:

      Hi Nancy,

      As I have been working through Philippians, I have been reminded at how God’s word is always relevant for our lives, no matter our circumstances. There is always something to take away.

      Thanks for the comment!
      Kyle

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  2. Daniel Litton
    Daniel Litton says:

    We read in v. 21, when Paul his discussing his other workers: “For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (ESV). Sometimes I find verses such as this to be slightly unapplicable, simply because my observation, at least here in American society, is that people usually have others in mind to some degree. I think this is due to the Christian influence on our society, as for a lot of us it is embedded into the framework of how things are done. It’s natural, second nature for people. In Paul’s time, we know Christ’s teachings about keeping others in mind was something new and enlightening. What do you think?

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    • Pastor Kyle
      Pastor Kyle says:

      Hi Daniel,

      I’m not so sure. I think Paul’s words are just as radical and revolutionary in our time as they were in his day. While I think you are correct in saying that much of our contemporary values stem from a Christian past (think of the common virtue of the “Golden Rule,” which of course come straight from Jesus’ mouth), much of our society assumes self-interested action. Indeed, the entire field of classical economics breaks down if we don’t assume that people behave in essentially self-interested ways, and there are philosophical systems devoted to trying to preach the so called virtues of selfishness (Ayn Rand’s Objectivism comes to mind).

      All of this is to say that a community known for its orientation towards the needs of others lies at the heart of what it means to be the church. And I don’t think we should underestimate just how shocking it is when the church lives into this calling to put the interests of others above your own. Certainly, this still has the power to change the world.

      Thanks for the post!
      Kyle

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