Philippians

Philippians

 

Seeing the Good...Seeking the Positive
Lesson 1 – Philippians 1:1-20, Acts 16
1. Who were some of the first converts at Philippi? (Consult Acts 16)
2. Who made up the church at Philippi when Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians?
3. When did the Philippians begin to participate with Paul in the spreading of the gospel?
4. How can one be “blameless until the day of Christ?”
5. What kind of attitude did Paul have which allowed him to be glad that the gospel was being preached even by people who had the wrong motive?
6. Name the part the Philippians would play in Paul’s deliverance from prison.
7. What was Paul’s attitude about his body being used to exalt Christ?
 

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Lesson 2 – Philippians 1:27 – 2:4
1. What would it mean to conduct yourself “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”?
2. List the things Paul wanted to hear concerning the activities of the Philippians.
3. What would the Philippians need to do in order to make Paul’s joy complete?
4. Define the word conceit.
5. Define the word humility.
6. How can one feel good about themselves while at the same time regard others “as more important than” themselves?
7. How do you look out “for the interest of others”?
8. How does one balance looking out for their “own personal interest” with looking out for “the interest of others”?
Thought Question (for our next lesson):
What status in life must we give up in order to serve other Christians? To serve other people? (Philippians 2:5-11)
 

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Lesson 3 – Philippians 2:5-11
1. How could Jesus exist “in the form of God” before He became a “bond-servant”?
2. How would you describe Jesus being on an “equality with God”?
3. Define a bond-servant.
4. How is Jesus “becoming obedient to the point of death” an example of His humility?
5. What did God do to highly exalt Jesus?
6. Because of what Jesus did, and as a result what God did, name two thing everyone should do.
7. How does one develop this attitude of Jesus in their own lives?
8. What actions can we do to display in our lives this attitude of Christ?
Thought Question (for our next lesson, Philippians 2:12-18):
What must a person do to “work out [their] salvation with fear and trembling”?
 

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Lesson 4 – Philippians 2:12-18
1. How is obedience a part of working out one’s own “salvation with fear and trembling?”
2. How is “God working in someone” related to their salvation?
3. Define grumbling.
4. Define disputing.
5. List some things a Christian needs to prove themselves to be.
6. What is the condition upon which Paul would have “reason to glory?”
7. Considering all the circumstances in which Paul found himself, how could he consider it joy? 8. If Paul lived in our day, how would we share joy with him?
Thought Question (for our next lesson, Philippians 2:19-30):
What does it mean to be concerned about the interest of Christ Jesus?
 

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Lesson 5 – TWO EXAMPLES OF THE CHARACTER OF A SERVANT - Philippians 2:19-30
The Goal of this lesson: To see the attitude of Timothy and Epaphroditus in their service to Paul, the Philippians and the Lord.
1. Why and when was Paul sending Timothy to Philippi?
2. What was Paul’s opinion of Timothy?
3. How did Paul describe the manner of Timothy’s service to him?
4. In what ways would one prove themselves in “the furtherance of the gospel”?
5. What are your thoughts about Paul saying he has “hope in the Lord” and he has “trust in the Lord” and he expects the Philippians to “receive [Epaphroditus] in the Lord”?
6. What words did Paul use to describe Epaphroditus?
7. What attitude of Epaphroditus is he displaying when Paul says Epaphroditus was “distressed because you had heard that he was sick”?
8. Why would Paul be concerned that the Philippians were distressed over the health of Epaphroditus?
9. How did Paul anticipate the Philippians reacting when the saw Epaphroditus?
10. Because of how Epaphroditus conducted himself in “the work of Christ,” how did Paul want the Philippians to regard Epaphroditus?
Thought Question (for our next lesson, Philippians 3:1-11):
Why would Paul tell the Philippians about him possibly having “confidence even in the flesh”?
 

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Lesson 6 – THE PLACEMENT OF PAUL’S CONFIDENCE - Philippians 3:1-11 The Goal of this lesson: To identify the things in which Paul placed his confidence.
1. Why was it “no trouble” for Paul to write to the Philippians?
2. Define righteousness.
3. Define “flesh” as used in this context.
4. List three things of which the Philippians were to “beware.”
5. Who “are the true circumcision?”
6. In the following areas of Paul’s life, list the things in which he could have “confidence in the flesh.”
7. Of the things in which Paul had confidence in the flesh, what was his attitude towards them?
8. Why would Paul consider “knowing Christ Jesus” to be something of “surpassing value?”
9. How would Paul obtain righteousness?
10. Why is it so important for Paul to be righteous?
11. What was Paul’s ultimate goal?
Thought Question (for our next lesson, Philippians 3:12-21): What kind of attitude did Paul want the Philippians to have?
 

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Lesson 7 – PERFECT CHRISTIANS WILL PRESS FOR THE PRIZE - Philippians 3:12-21 The Goal of this lesson: To properly understand how a Christian can be perfect and what will be
necessary for them to obtain the prize promised by God.
1. In what sense does Paul use the word “press” in these passages?
2. How is the word “perfect” used in this context?
3. What was Paul’s philosophy concerning his life in the past?
4. For what goal did Paul press to achieve?
5. What was the standard which Paul believed he and some of the Philippians had obtained?
6. Whose example did Paul tell the Philippians to follow?
7. What example are the people who are “enemies of the cross of Christ” setting before others?
8. How are these “enemies of the cross of Christ” identified by Paul?
9. To the Philippians, what would it mean for Paul to tell them that their “citizenship is in heaven”?
10. What will happen to the body of Christians when the Lord Jesus Christ returns?
Thought Question (for our next lesson, Philippians 4:1-9):
What are some practical things Paul encourages the Philippians to do concerning their daily lives?
 

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Lesson 8 –ENCOURAGEMENT FOR DAILY LIVING - Philippians 4:1-9
The Goal of this lesson: To examine five areas where people need to be encouraged in daily living.
1. Why is it so important for “my beloved” to “stand firm in the Lord”?
2. For brethren, what does it mean to “live in harmony in the Lord?”
3. Name the people who struggled with Paul “in the cause of the gospel.”
4. What is the book Paul is referring to when he says, “Whose names are in the book of life”?
5. How do I apply the statement, “Rejoice in the Lord, always” to my life?
6. What is a “forbearing spirit’?
7. What is Paul saying when he tells the Philippians, “The Lord is near”?
8. Define the word “anxious.”
9. Name some of the things one should do instead of being “anxious.”
10. How can the “peace of God ... guard the hearts and minds of those in Christ Jesus”?
11. List the different things on which Paul wants the people’s mind to “dwell.”
12. What things did Paul want the Philippians to practice so the God of peace would be with them?
Thought Question (for our next lesson, Philippians 4:10-23):
How would you describe the method the church at Philippi used in sending funds to Paul when he was at Thessalonica?
 

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Lesson 9 – THEIR GIFT AND PAUL’S THANKFULNESS - Philippians 4:10-23
The Goal of this lesson: To understand Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians and their gift.
1. Why were the Philippians not able to show their concern for Paul previous to the events surrounding his letter to the Philippians?
2. How would one learn to “be content in whatever circumstances” they might find themselves?
3. How does one “get along with humble means” when they have in the past experienced prosperity?
4. What is the “secret of being filled and going hungry”?
5. In your opinion, how does Jesus strengthen someone so they can “do all thing”?
6. Name some things the Philippians would have sent to Paul while he was at Thessalonica.
7. What profit would the Philippians receive by sending a gift to Paul while he was at Thessalonica?
8. List the three ways Paul describes the gift the Philippians sent at the hand of Epaphroditus.
9. What action(s) was Paul confident his God would do for the Philippians?
10. Besides Timothy, who might be the brethren who sent their greetings to the Philippians?
11. With regard to the Philippians, what would “your spirit” be?
12. What part of the book of Philippians impressed you the most and has helped you to see the good and seek the positive?
Final Thought Question: How would you use this book in your interaction with other people, both Christians and non-Christian?