THE GOD OF PEACE
4:1 Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, what ever is true, what ever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable––if anything is excellent or praiseworthy––think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me––put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
(Indicate verses in your response)
How does Paul refer to the Philippian Christians?
Euodia and Syntyche were two women in a disagreement. Describe Paul’s approach to them.
How would you apply verses 4-7 to Paul’s appeal in verse 2?
What does he mean, “The Lord is Near”?
How does “the peace of God” become dynamic in our lives?
How does “God’s peace” bring the results expressed in verse 7?
Considering 21st Century America, how would you make use of verse 7?
In verse 9, do you think Paul is being humble, proud, arrogant?
How do you see verse 6 becoming true in your life?
How does Paul say it begins?
I love . . . my joy:
Rejoice in the Lord:
Peace of God:
Anxious about nothing:
Put into practice:
Paul’s appeal to Euodia (u-o’-dia) and Syntyche (sin-ti’-key) reveals his heart of compassion and fellowship with this congregation. It pained him to know that two such wonderful people would be at such odds with each other.
From the background of his imprisonment, we have such an outpouring of joy and love and peace. It is amazing that with all the bounties and beauty that surround us, we seem unable to follow Paul’s example. No wonder he reminds us to change our thinking because that is where actions are born.
Paul was continually struggling with those who had a worldly view of Christian faith. Some even claimed “apostolic” authority which was exposed by Paul and others. As he points out in this letter, Paul’s credentials were unassailable. He was in prison for Christ. Mature: