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Archive for the ‘The Letter to the Philippians’ Category

LET YOUR GENTLENESS BE EVIDENT TO ALL

November 18, 2010

We have finished our study of Philippians. I’m going to take a week off and then resume Sunday, November 28, 2010 with a short Advent series that will also be tied to my Sunday morning messages, “All We Need for Christmas.” We have not usually done topical studies, but I think you’ll enjoy the change […]

WEEK 32 – A FRAGRANT OFFERING AND CLOSING THOUGHTS

November 17, 2010

Chapter Four:  Final Greetings We finish this letter with some very personal thoughts – about how our gifts are viewed by God and a testimony to the impact of Paul’s imprisonment on the Romans. 1. Read verses 14-20. 2. How does their support of Paul get “credited to their (Philippians’) account? 3. What makes these […]

WEEK 32 – THE SECRET TO CONTENTMENT

November 16, 2010

Chapter Four: The Secret of Contentment Paul continues with his personal exhortations to the Philippians. 1. Today we look at just four verses. 10-13. Paul is thanking him for their gifts, noting that his uncertain itinerary has probably complete delays.  But he also notes that as much as he has appreciated the gifts, he has […]

WEEK 32 – KEEPING THE JOY AND ABANDONING ANXIETY

November 14, 2010

Chapter Four: The Foundation of Humble Joy. Although these next verses are often labeled “Final Exhortations,” they might be better called “Fundamental Foundations.”  I am intentionally reprinting this from the NIV. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. […]

WEEK 31 – STAND FIRM

November 10, 2010

As we move into chapter 4, we enter what may be the most profound and practical discipleship lessons to be found in all of Paul’s letters.  He pronounces the concept joy as a foundational attitude and action for Christians. Paul introduces the discussion by pointing to a very practical and all to familiar situation he […]

WEEK 31 – ENEMIES AND REWARD

November 9, 2010

Chapter Three: Wrapping Up the Argument. Paul concludes his discussion about these theological issues with a reminder about enemies and reward. 1. Read verses 17-17-21.  Who should we anticipate will be our enemies? How might we characterize them?  Despite this characterization, what does Paul feel when he thinks of these enemies? Why dos he feel […]

WEEK 31 – MATURITY AND UNITY

November 9, 2010

It seems that there are a whole lot of opinions being expressed around Phillippi, particularly about the issue of the Law and circumcision.  For Paul there is a litmus test as to what is the truth from God.  It is found in verses 15-16 of chapter three.  “All of us who are mature out to […]

PRESS ON !!!!!!!!!!

November 5, 2010

Chapter Three: Pressing on Toward the Goal What is the purpose of a goal in one’s life? Do you have any goals? How do you go about accomplishing those goals? This is not a rhetoric question. Perhaps you might share with the group some of those goals? Here are some statements about the purpose and […]

WEEK 30 – NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH

November 1, 2010

Chapter Three: Paul’s Personal Testimony We now begin what is clearly a new section in this letter as Paul moves towards his conclusion. In it we find a piece of Paul’s personal testimony. 1. Read chapter 3, verses 1-11.  Who does Paul warn the Philippians about? Why are these persons a serious threat to the […]

WEEK 29 – TIMOTHY AND EPAPHRODITUS

October 29, 2010

Timothy and Paul Chapter Two: Two Models of Faith Paul has two companions that would have been well known to the Philippians that he now mentions in the letter.  The reason Paul mentions Timothy and Epaphroditus at this point in the letter is because they serve as excellent models of the humble obedience and unity […]