In our previous study in Philippians 2:1-11, we saw that the apostle Paul’s main thought had to do with maintaining unity within the local church, pointing out that the key to unity is humility. Paul then drew our thoughts to the highest example of what humility looks like by pointing us to Jesus, encouraging us to be of the same mind.
In this week’s study, Paul continues his thought about pursuing the mind of Christ, which is worked out through a life of humility and service. He firstly encourages us to work out the wonderful work of salvation that God has worked into us (Philippians 2:12-13), along with describing some of the out-workings of this (Philippians 2:14-16). As he goes on to mention himself (Philippians 2:17-18), Timothy (Philippians 2:19-24), and Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-30), we are able to observe three examples of believers who were making spiritual progress in their wonderful new lives in Christ, resulting in much Christ-honouring humility.
During the week, read through the passage and discuss with your family about what it means to progress spiritually, along with how we must be thinking about our part, God’s part, and the fruit that we can expect to see as a result.