Philippians | Day Ten
By: Taylor Flatt
Can you believe we’re almost done with this letter? It’s been a great two weeks! I hope you’ve learned a lot, grown deeper in your understanding of God’s purpose for your life, and experienced true joy and peace which comes solely from a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Start off our last day of this study by reading Philippians 4:8-23.
What eight things does Paul tell the church at Philippi to think about?
Jot down a little definition of each of them.
Out of the eight mentioned, which ones do you struggle with thinking about? What interrupts you from constantly dwelling on things which are true, noble, right, pure, etc.
Re-read verse 9.
Paul tells us we must not only think about the things of God but do what we have learned. Unfortunately, this is where many of us fall short.
Why was Paul's example trustworthy?
Do you find yourself putting into practice the things you learn from Christ's example? God's Word? Other believers? Explain.
Ultimately, Paul's actions lined up with his words. He practiced what he preached! Therefore, the Philippians could practically follow his footsteps because He was ultimately following the Lord.
Paul knows that a powerful Christian life begins in our basic obedience to God. It is one thing to dwell on the things of God, but it’s quite another to actually do the things of God. Paul knows abiding in the things of God is an important precedent to doing the things of God. (Just like he explains in verse 8.) It’s good for us to think about the things of God. But Paul doesn’t leave it there. He is quick to tell us to practice these things in every part of our life.
But, on the flipside, sometimes we can find ourselves doing the things of God without thinking about godly things. And that’s why Paul makes sure to tell us that it's important for us to do both. One without the other will leave us living in our own power and not the power of Jesus.
What would be an example in your life of going through the motions or mimicking godly things without thinking about them?
What is the byproduct of thinking, walking, and abiding in godly things?
Paul learned to live for Christ by doing what he knew God’s Word taught. This is why he instructs the Philippians to “ do what you have learned. ” As a result, peace floods your life through obeying God's Word.
When you do this, you’ll begin to see a power in your life that was not there before. It’s a power that comes when we realize that our one purpose is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the source of our peace with one another and it’s only in His presence that we find joy and true life.
I encourage you to make a plan of how you can best be in God’s Word every day. Read it, study it, memorize it. Then do it, apply it and practice it. Look for the areas of your life that you are not giving to Jesus and surrender them.
Moving on, read Philippians 4:10-13.
Paul says that he has learned to be content in Christ. In what situations did he experience contentment?
Name a situation you were really content in. Was it a hard season or good?
How can we find contentment in the midst of bad circumstances?
What was Paul's contentment anchored in?
Jesus is our source of purpose, peace, and power. Jesus is our source of joy. It’s all about Jesus. Never forget that.
What does Philippians 4:13 say? In what context have you heard this verse mentioned?
How would setting all of our confidence in ourselves set us up for failure?
How could misinterpreting this verse make us passive?
Sometimes people claim this verse before a basketball game, geometry test, or getting a shot. We have a habit of using this verse with an emphasis on the I, not in HIM who gives strength. However, this passage describes a biblical balance doing the things placed before us with a dependence on Christ and His power!
We can't just show up on test day without studying. Neither can we pray for a basketball victory because we hate losing.
We are called to trust Him--through prison sentences and word problems and chemistry tests alike--as we prepare and walk for those things in His mighty strength.
As we close out this study, pray and ask God to reveal to you more of who He is today. Spend some time dwelling on His strength, joy, and power. End your time responding to these questions:
What areas in your life are you not surrendering to Jesus (relationships, language, thoughts, etc.)?
Have you just been dwelling on the things of God and not doing the things of God?
Have you been doing the things of God and not dwelling on the things of God?
How will you be different because of what you’ve learned through God’s word in this book?