Throughout church history and even within our present day, one of the unfortunate struggles within the local church is the inability & unwillingness for believers to get along with one another. Whenever there’s more than one person in a local church, there’s going to be the potential for sparks to fly, for people to be offended, hurt or misunderstood - not that much different than a family. The difference, however, is how we deal with these types of situations as/when they arise.
In this week’s passage (Philippians 2:1-11), the Apostle Paul lays out principles of how we must be thinking in order for a church fellowship to journey together for the long-haul. In the verses leading up to the passage (Philippians 1:27-30), the apostle Paul explained how believers could stand strong for God against external conflicts.
In this week’s passage, Paul tells us how to get through internal conflicts - conflicts within the body of Christ. As we’re going to see, unity through humility is the key, with Jesus being our example.
Read through the passage and discuss with your family what difference humility makes in a local church in terms of enabling people to get along with one another.