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6. Exhortation to Unity—The Example of Christ (Philippians 2:5-11)

The Subject/Complement and Exegetical Outline

Subject/Complement: The humble attitude we are to have toward one another is perfectly exhibited in the person and work of Christ.

    A. The Command (2:5)

    B. The Example of Christ (2:6-11)

      1. His Humility (2:6-8)

        a. His Deity and Pre-existence (2:6)

        b. His “Emptying” (2:7a-b)

        c. His Death (2:7c-8)

      2. His Exaltation (2:9-11)

        a. The Receiving of the “Name” (2:9)

        b. The Purpose of Jesus’ Exaltation (2:10-11b)

          i. Every Knee Will Bow (2:10)

          ii. Every Tongue Will Confess (2:11a-b)

        c. The Glory of God (2:11c)

Homiletical Subject/Complement and the Teaching/Preaching Outline

Underlying Question: With what attitude should the Philippians conduct their lives?

Underlying Homiletical Question: With what attitude should every Christian conduct their life?

Homiletical Subject/Complement (Big Idea): Develop a Christ-like attitude of humility by following the example of Christ himself.

    A. The Command: Develop a Christ-like Attitude (2:5)

    B. The Model: Follow The Example of Christ (2:6-11)

      1. First, Walk In Christ’s Humility (2:6-8)

        a. His Deity and Pre-existence (2:6)

        b. His “Emptying” (2:7a-b)

        c. His Death (2:7c-8)

      2. Second, Acknowledge His Lordship over Your Life (2:9-11)

        a. The Receiving of the “Name” (2:9)

        b. The Purpose of Jesus’ Exaltation (2:10-11b)

          i. Every Knee Will Bow (2:10)

          ii. Every Tongue Will Confess (2:11a-b)

        c. The Glory of God (2:11c)

Related Topics: Christology, Fellowship, Teaching the Bible