Scripture: Philippians 1

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Thanksgiving And Prayer

Philippians 1:1-11 (WEB) 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ; To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and servants: Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God whenever I remember you, always in every request of mine on behalf of you all, making my requests with joy, for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul send to the Philippians and who did he say it was from (Philippians 1:1-2)?  Paul sent grace and peace to the Philippians from God their Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2. What did Paul do when the Philippians came to his mind (Philippians 1:3-5)? Paul thanked God whenever he remembered the Philippians.

3. Of what was Paul confident (Philippians 1:6)? Paul was confident that the good work God began in the Philippians He would complete.

4. Who was partakers of grace with Paul (Philippians 1:7)? The Philippian believers were partakers with Paul of grace.

5. Who was witnessing Paul’s longing for the Philippians and what was Paul’s prayer for the Philippians (Philippians 1:8-11)? God was witnessing Paul’s longing for the Philippians.  Paul prayed that the Philippian believers’ love might abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment, so that they might approve the things that were excellent, that they might be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ, that they might be filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Paul’s Chains Advance The Gospel

Philippians 1:12-30 (WEB) 12 Now I desire to have you know, brothers, that the things which happened to me have turned out rather to the progress of the Good News, 13 so that it became evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ, 14 and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will. 16 The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News.  18 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed. I rejoice in this, yes, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this will turn out to my salvation, through your prayers and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will bring fruit from my work; yet I don’t know what I will choose. 23 But I am hard pressed between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Yet to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake. 25 Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again. 27 Only let your way of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News; 28 and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul say was the results of what had happened to him (Philippians 1:12)? Paul said the things which happened to him had turned out to the progress of the Good News.

2. Who had been affected by Paul’s life (Philippians 1:13-14a)? The whole palace guard and to others, such as brothers in the Lord.

3. Specifically how had the brothers in the Lord been affected (Philippians 1:14b)? Because of Paul’s chains, most of the brothers in the Lord had been encouraged to speak the word of God more boldly and without fear.

4. What did Paul say about those who preach Christ (Philippians 1:15)? Paul said some preached Christ out of envy and strife and other out of good will.

5. How did Paul describe the two groups (Philippians 1:16-17)?  Paul said those who preached out of envy and strife preached Christ from selfish ambition, thinking they were adding affliction to Paul’s chains.  Paul said those who preached out of good will were preaching out of love, knowing that Paul was appointed for the defense of the Good News.

6. How did the two groups’ preaching affect Paul (Philippians 1:18)? Paul rejoiced because whether in pretense or in truth Christ was being proclaimed. 

7. What did Paul say he knew (Philippians 1:19-20)? Paul said he knew that this (what was going on) would turn out to his salvation, through their prayers and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. And Paul wouldn’t be disappointed for Christ would be magnified in his body, whether by life or by death.

8. About what was Paul conflicted (Philippians 1:21-24)? Paul said for him to live was Christ and to die was gain.  But if he lived on in the flesh, this would bring fruit from his work, yet he didn’t know what he would choose.  He was hard pressed between the two choices.  He said having the desire to depart and be with Christ was far better. Yet to remain in the flesh was more needful for the Philippians’ sake.

9. What was Paul confident would happen (Philippians 1:25)? Paul believed he would remain.

10. What would be the result of Paul remaining (Philippians 1:26)? The Philippian believers’ rejoicing would abound in Christ Jesus.

11. What did Paul desire for the Philippian believers (Philippians 1:27-30)? Paul desired that the Philippian believers’ life would be worthy of the Good News of Christ, whether Paul was there or not. He desired to hear that they were standing firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News.  And that they were not being frightened by anyone.

HEAR the WORD

Philippians 1:29-30 (WEB) 29 Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. My Bible notes: Paul considered it a privilege to suffer for Christ.  We do not by nature consider suffering a privilege.  Yet when we suffer, if we faithfully represent Christ, our message and example affect us and others for good.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Philippians 1:6 (NIV) Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

My Bible notes: Suffering can build our character.  Don’t resent it or let it tear you down.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

My Bible notes: All true believers are in this fight together, uniting against the same enemy (satan) for a common cause (Christ Jesus).

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will remember one another and pray for each other (Philippians 1:1-5).   Lord, I trust You to complete the work You’ve begun in each of us (Philippians 1:6). Lord, I pray we will abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ (Philippians 1:9-11).  Lord, I pray we will understand that how we act in our life can affect not only us but those around us (Philippians 1:12).  Lord, I pray we will speak Your Word with courage and love and without fear (Philippians 1:14-18).  Lord, I pray whether we live or whether we die You will be glorified (Philippians 1:19-26).  Lord, whatever happens I pray we will conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27).  Lord, I pray we will stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened by anyone (Philippians 1:27-30). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live and die according to God’s Word.” <>< Dona