- Using jail as an opportunity for ministry – 1:13
- Not focused on the fact that he was under arrest but rather using the time to pray for those to whom he had ministered – 1:3 – 4 and 1:9 – 11.
- Not caring that people are against him if they only share the gospel – 1:17 – 18
- Forgoing being with the Lord to serve people – 1:23 – 25
- Pouring yourself out completely for those whom you are called to serve – 2:17
- Writing letters of encouragement to the church while imprisoned – 3:1
- Not claiming to have it all figured out even while doing all of the above – 3:13
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
How to Follow Paul's Example?
This morning a group of men and I were working through the summary of Philippians together. We were discussing themes in the book and how to best summarize those themes. One of the themes that we have identified is Paul’s repeated exhortation to have a proper attitude, 2:5 and 3:15. Specifically, that attitude is to ceaselessly pursue the mind and behavior of Christ. Paul’s uses a great deal of the letter describing how that mindset works out in life, using himself, Epaphroditus, Timothy, and Christ as examples of proper attitudes.