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Philippians True Unity in Christ
• READ: PHILIPPIANS 1:27; 2:1-11; 4:2-3
We all know relationships can be tricky. Even we as Christians can struggle to get along. The early church was no different. Paul wrote the book of Philippians to the church at Philippi, who had some people who could not agree with each other.
Instead of opening with an in-your-face confrontation about the issue, Paul spends much of his letter encouraging the church. Throughout the letter, Paul explains why Christians can get along: because they are united by the good news of Jesus.
In chapter 1, Paul tells the Philippians he longs for them to live their lives together in a way that is “worthy of the gospel of Christ” (verse 27). In the beginning of chapter 2, Paul explains how the church’s unity in Christ can help them look out for the needs and concerns of others—just like Jesus, who showed the highest level of humility for our salvation.
In the final chapter, Paul gets to the heart of the matter: as believers in Jesus, the Philippians should get along with each other (Philippians 4:2-3). Paul goes on to urge them not to worry but to focus on the truth and to find rest, hope, and unity in Jesus.
Even when our relationships with other Christians become challenging, Philippians reminds us we always can find true unity around the gospel of Jesus Christ. • Phil Cox
• In Philippians 1:27 and 2:1-2, Paul urges Christians to be united because of the gospel of Jesus. Are there brothers or sisters in Christ you struggle to get along with? If you’re not sure what a healthy, gospel- centered relationship with these people would look like, who are trusted Christians in your life—such as pastors, counselors, parents, or teachers—who could help you figure out the next steps?
If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1-2 (CSB)
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• READ: PROVERBS 3:5-6; MATTHEW 6:25-34
There’s a lot of pressure on teenagers to know what they want to do in life. I’m nearing the end of my junior year of high school, and college is often at the forefront of my mind. With so many decisions to make—decisions that have so much weight to them—it’s very easy to start feeling terrified.
"What if I make the wrong choice?" "What if this isn’t what God wants for me?" "What if this ruins my life? "What if, what if, what if?"
The problem is, there is no one correct choice. You can excel in a multitude of places. God can use you wherever you are. There’s no pressure to find the school, the job, the exact blueprint for your life.
Why? Because God is the One who knows the future—not us. And the great news is, He has promised He will take care of His people. Even if you have no clue what your plan is in life (and even if you do!), God knows. He has always known how He would use you in His kingdom, and it will be something amazing and glorifying to Him. If you keep your eyes on Him and trust Him to lead you, you will find true peace no matter where He leads you and no matter what unknowns you face.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. I need to remind myself of these truths constantly. There are still times when worry is all I can think about. But God is in control—not me. I rest in the fact that He only wants what’s best for me, you, and everyone else who loves Him (Romans 8:28-29). That’s His promise. • Martalisa Fischer
• Read Matthew 10:29-31. How does this passage affect how we as Christians live? What peace can these truths bring us?
• Read Romans 8. What are some promises in Christ that can give us hope for the present and future?
• If you’re struggling with a big decision, who are trusted people—such as pastors, parents, counselors, or teachers—you could talk with as you make those choices?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)