Do You Proclaim Christ from Envy?

Philippians 1:15–18


In this lab, Pastor John answers why Paul would be more lenient towards pastors in Philippi while preachers in Galatia were met with sharp rebuke.

Principle for Bible Reading

What Did Jesus Do?

When pondering the question, “How then shall we live?” the Scriptures are our obvious roadmap. But when we hear a command from God and wonder how we can practically apply it, we can be enlightened by asking how Jesus illustrated obedience to his Father.

How Jesus obeyed commands and how we ought to might not always be the same (because he is God and we are not). But searching for intersections between what God expects of us and Jesus’s life gets us thinking more about his amazing life (as opposed to merely about principles to obey), and inclines us to give glory to the God-man for his perfect obedience on our behalf.

Study Questions

  1. Have you ever been jealous of fellow believers? What were you jealous of?
  2. What might those who were proclaiming Christ out of jealousy be envious of Paul for in Philippians 1:15, 17? How does Paul respond?
  3. Is what Paul rejoices in (Philippians 1:18) what you rejoice in? Why or why not?