Today’s blog post examines Philippians 2:14 and how leaders focus on others. Past posts in my series studying the book of Philippians are:

Leaders Focus on Others (Phil 2:1-4)

1Therefore, since there is encouragement in Christ, consolation from love, any communion by means of the Spirit, any heartfelt sympathy, 2 then complete my joy. Think the same thing, by means of having the same love, by being united in spirit, by thinking the same thing. 3Do not think with selfish ambition nor with personal conceit, but instead think of one another with humility as better than yourselves. 4In everything do not look out only for your own interests, but also look out for the interests of others. (Phil 2:1-4) 1

Philippians 2:1-4 is included under the heading of what Paul had said in Philippians 1:27, “Only, at all costs, live the Gospel of Christ in a worthy manner.” Living out Phil 1:27 meant suffering for the faith (Phil 1:28-30), focusing on others (Phil 2:1-4), having the same attitude that Christ had (Phil 2:5-11), and shining brightly for Christ (Phil 2:12-18).

“The Philippians needed humility. A humble mind is the key to cooperative unity. Humility is the realization that we are creatures who are totally dependent on God, the Creator. If we are really humble before God, we are totally relying on God. This affects our attitudes toward others, for as equally dependent creatures, we cannot take pride in ourselves” (Comfort, Philippians, 168).

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Notes:

  1. Unless otherwise noted, translations used in my blog posts are my own translation

Today’s post looks at Paul’s command to the Philippian believers to live as citizens of heaven. While this was a moral imperative for the Philippians, it also provides some good insight for leaders to also follow. Previous posts in these series have been:

Philippians 1:27

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Today’s post looks at Paul’s life for Christ and passion for ministry in Philippians 1:19-26. Previous posts in these series have been:

 

Paul's Life for Christ (Philippians 1:19-26)

“Paul Preaching at the Ruins” by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1692-1765)

19For I know this: it will lead to my deliverance through your prayer and support of Christ Jesus’ Spirit. 20Accoring to my eager expectation and hope, I want to be disgraced in nothing, but rather always in public and now in my body Christ is exalted, whether through life or through death. 21For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22But if living in body is fruitful work for me, then I do not know which I will choose. 23For, you see, at this present time I am distressed between the two, because I want to leave be with Christ, for it is much better to be with Christ. 24But, it is necessary to remain alive for you. 25I know, since I am convinced of this, that I will remain and stay with you all in your progress and joy in the faith. 26Therefore, the reason for your boasting will abound in Christ Jesus because of my return back to you. (Phil 1:19-26)

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Today’s post continues my series examining the book of Philippians. You can read the previous posts here:

A Leader Rejoices When His Cause Advances (Philippians 1:12-18)

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“12But, I want you all to know, brothers, rather throughout my circumstances the gospel has advanced 13so that the entire imperial guard and everyone else knows of my bondage in Christ 14so that our many brothers in the Lord, having known of my bondage, are daring even more fearlessly to speak the word. 15Indeed, some are preaching on one hand because of envy and strife, but others because of good will. 16Some are preaching out of love because they know that I have been appointed for the defense of the Gospel. 17But others are proclaiming Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think it will cause trouble in my bondage. 18So what? Except that in any and every way whether in pretense or in using truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and I rejoice in this. Indeed, I rejoice!” (Phil 1:12-18)

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This post is part of my series examining the book of Philippians. You can read my introduction and translations to the book of Philippians here

Paul's Greeting, Gratitude, and Group Focus (Philippians 1:1-11)

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This passage provides revelation about Paul, his life, and ministry. Let’s take a look at Paul’s introductory statements.

A strong emphasis of this letter is the sanctification of believers and their right standing with God. Paul wanted the believers to be wholesome and pure. These introductory statements reflect Paul’s main focus and desire that will be shown in prayer.

I. GREETINGS FROM PAUL (1:1-4)

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Today’s post is the beginning of blog posts I will be sharing looking at leadership lessons in the book of Philippians. The material below serves as a basic introduction to the book. Below I have included material on who wrote the book, when it was written, who it was written to, as well as what some of the messages and themes of the book are. 

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Today’s post is my final post in a series of studies in the book of Revelation. Thus far I have shared:

Today’s post is perhaps the most controversial, yet is also my most thorough writing. I will examine the 1,000 year reign of Christ known as the “Millennial Kingdom” as described in Revelation 20.

 

An Exposition of the Millennial Kingdom in Revelation 20

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I. AN APPROACH AND OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION

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Among some of the most puzzling questions people have about the Book of Revelation is the identity of the two witnesses in Revelation 11 as well as the identity of Babylon in Revelation 17-18. Today’s post examines Revelation 17-18 and provides strengths and weaknesses for each view.

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Among some of the most difficult books of the Bible to understand is the book of Revelation. Among the most difficult chapters of the Bible to understand is Revelation 11 and the two witnesses described in 11:1-13. In this paper there will be a brief exposition of Rev 11:1-13, an explanation of the common views of Rev 11, and then a position for the most likely view.

(This post is part of a series I am sharing on the book of Revelation. Here’s my other post: Why Revelation 3:20 Is an Invitation to Believers.)

3 Options for the Identity of the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11

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Bible students often have a common question about Revelation 3:20 and its intended audience.

The text reads, “Look! I am standing at the door and I am knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter the house and I will eat with him and he will eat with me.” 

Is this a gospel invitation to a lost person? Or is this an invitation to a believer? These two options will be explored in this blog post.

Why Revelation 3:20 Is an Invitation to Believers

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