Philippians 4.1….some final words on Christian Community
As Paul ends this letter to the Philippians he reminds the people of few things.
This picture from our retreat to High Pastures
Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Paul reminds his reader of the family ties that hold the body of Christ together. He does this by expressing his feelings to his readers
Family ties (vs1a)
Describe to the group what love in the family of God looks like? Why do you think these people brought Paul Joy? How can we find joy in our Christian relationships? What made Paul so proud of these people that he would call them his crown?
Family Orders (vs1b)
Paul orders the family of God to stand firm, what do you think he means by this statement? What is the difference between standing and standing firm? How does God provide our strength to stand. What are some challenges in today’s world that hinder us from standing in the Lord?