Central Illinois Pinnacle Forum Study/Spring ‘14
Next Dimension Leadership: Finding Joy
The Joy of Leading. How to know if you’ve lost it...And how to get it back!
Philippians 4:2-9 - Joy in Unity
Warming up to God: Do you find yourself as the one trying to understand and seeking unity in conflict or having a tendency to quarrel sometimes making the differences worse than they really are?
Read Philippians 4:2-9.
DISCOVERING THE WORD
In verse 2 Paul pleads with Euodia and Syntyche to “agree with each other in the Lord.” Why do you think he is co concerned about their relationship?
How can each of the promises in verses 4-7 help you to be joyful, peaceful, and free from anxiety?
How can improper thoughts rob us of the peace God desires for us?
How can true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy thoughts
help cleanse our minds and restore our tranquility (v. 8)?
APPLYING THE WORD
1. What should be your response to disagreements within your church or other groups in which you are involved?
2. In verse 9 Paul tells us that the God of peace will be with us as we practice what we have learned. What have you learned in this passage that you need to put into practice?
We cannot expect the world to believe that Christianity is true, unless the world sees some reality of the oneness of true Christians. Of course, as Christians we must not minimize the need to give honest answers to honest questions. We should have an intellectual apologetic. The Bible commands it, and Christ and Paul exemplify it. Yet, unless true Christians show observable love to each other, Christ says the world cannot be expected to listen, even when we give proper answers. If the world does not see this down-to-earth practical love, it will not believe that Christ was sent by the Father (Francis Schaeffer, The
Church at the End of the 20th Century).
To maintain love and communion is what the word of God has commanded us to do. (Richard Baxter in The Reformed Pastor, penned in 1656)
RESPONDING IN PRAYER
Ask God to show you the thoughts and attitudes which are robbing you of joy and weakening your faith.