Week Four


Discipleship Lessons

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Director, Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries


Week Four

God Is at Work in You - Philippians 2:12-18


Philippians 2:12b-13 … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.


Philippians 2:14-16a Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16  Holding forth the word of life; ...

Q1. (2:12-13). In this passage, what does it mean to "work out your own salvation"?

Is this referring to salvation from sin?

If not, what kind of salvation is it referring to?

Q2. (2:14-15) How does ceasing complaining and arguing enable a church to shine as stars in a dark sky? What does this shining as stars signify?

Have complaining and arguing compromised your church's witness as a God-place? If so, what can you do to change this?

  • Holding Forth the Word of Life (2:16a)


Q3. (2:16) In what sense are we Christians to "hold fast" the Word of Life? In what sense are we to "hold forth" this Word of Life?

How does this relate to the purpose of the church?

Q4. (2:17) You have gone through struggles and obstacles to your faith. If you were to look at your sufferings as a "drink offering" poured out before God, how does that honor God?

How does that bring value to your struggles?


Alpha & Omega MBC was founded in Chicago as a church committed to promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Alpha nd Omega is a community minded and family friendly church where a stranger can find a friend and families can worship together.


As a community minded church we endeavor to bring community minded activities and resources to our members as well as the surrounding community.


Our goal is to expand our community projects to include and after school program as well as an adult continuing education center among our services that would be of value to our members and surrounding community.



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