Philippians 1:27 – 2:18

  1. Make a list of the things: (a) to be desired, and (b) to be avoided in one’s life as a member of a company of Christians. Then pray, and by God’s grace determine, that these things shall be: (a) realized and (b) avoided in your own Christian fellowship. Note especially the direct connection between these things and witness to those who are not Christians.
  2. What two qualities of personal character and conduct are shown here to be supremely exemplified in the incarnation and the redemptive work of the Son of God? What ground have we for hoping to be able to have and to express the same qualities? How ought we to act in consequence?
  3. Why does disunity amongst Christians discredit the gospel? What does Paul teach here about: (a) the motive for unity, and (b) the power by which it may be achieved?


2:6-11. It is generally thought that these verses are quoted here by Paul from an early Christian creedal hymn. It is worth committing this section to memory and exploring it in depth.