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Session 15

Perseverance

Read: Philippians 3, Psalm 15

Paul, in writing to the Philippians, teaches unity and humility. But in the third chapter, tension emerges in the letter as Paul points out various opponents that come against the church. Some of these opponents are other Christians, while some are non–Christians who emphasize following rules. Paul, as a good leader, gives readers a solution: perseverance. We, as followers of Christ, must pursue the maturity and selflessness that Jesus Himself showed. Paul gives a short autobiography –– if it made sense to brag, then he could brag on his situation, accomplishments, and how well he followed the rules. But it does not make sense to brag because we all fall short of the perfection of Jesus.

That fact should not leave us downhearted, though. In verses 12–21, Paul expands on the idea of perseverance and the paradox of pursuing perfection. While Jesus is perfect and He is the standard, Paul tells us we can also imitate him and live according to his instruction. And here comes the comfort: remember we are united together for the sake of Jesus and it is, in humility, that we can strive together as Christians. Believers can use one another as springboards to leap forward in faith and continue growing, thereby preventing the falling away of those whose end is destruction.


1

Sent Not from Men

Sent Not from Men

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2

Crucified Life

Crucified Life

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3

You Are All One

You Are All One

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4

Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

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5

Keep in Step

Keep in Step

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6

Weary

Weary

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7

For this Reason

For this Reason

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8

Making Payments

Making Payments

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9

Rooted and Established

Rooted and Established

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10

Member

Member

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11

Forgive

Forgive

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12

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

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13

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

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14

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

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15

Perseverance

Perseverance

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16

Joy

Joy

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17

Potential

Potential

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18

Rooted

Rooted

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19

Make the Most

Make the Most

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20

Well-Seasoned

Well-Seasoned

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21

Packed with Purpose

Packed with Purpose

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22

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

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23

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

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24

Living on a Prayer

Living on a Prayer

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25

Training for Battle

Training for Battle

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26

Out of This World!

Out of This World!

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27

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

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28

Livin’ by the Good Book

Livin’ by the Good Book

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29

Soundness or Sickness?

Soundness or Sickness?

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30

Useless Without the Gospel

Useless Without the Gospel

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