Oct. 20, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:4 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:4 Mean?

The Church in Philippi had a diverse group of people within it. And diversity tends to lead to disunity, as we have witnessed in our own day and time.

So, Paul gives us a command that is short and to the point! And when taken to heart, this command will solve the problems of disunity in our church today.


Philippians 2:4 (NIV): Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.

The Church in Philippi had a diverse group of people within it. And diversity tends to lead to disunity, as we have witnessed in our own day and time.

So, Paul gives us a command that is short and to the point! And when taken to heart, this command will solve the problems of disunity in our church today. 

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

 The Apostle Paul planted the church in Philippi approximately 10 years prior to his letter to the Philippians. This church was the first church in Europe, and a well-to-do businesswoman named Lydia was the first Christian convert on European soil. She opened her home for other Christians to meet and have church. 

 No doubt, if you could take a seat in her home and look around, you’d see a variety of people. You’d see the jailer and his family who were converted by Paul after the big prison earthquake and they might be talking to the slave girl that mocked Paul and Silas before Paul released the demon from her. 

 The city of Philippi was a thriving region that leads to a diverse group of people within the church. And diversity leads to division. And division can destroy the church. 

 Now, Paul makes a strong case for Christian unity in Philippians Chapter 2. 

In Philippians 2:4 he writes, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

 So, notice that Paul isn’t saying to completely throw away our own interests. God knows we must also provide for our families. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” 

 But Paul says we should not ONLY look out for our own interests. We are to be just as concerned for the needs of other believers. 

 So, your simple Truth for today: When the church body has a mutual concern for one another, problems of disunity seem to quickly disappear.

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 I’m Julie Carruth, and I can’t wait to see you again tomorrow.