In Philippians Chapter 4 we are encouraged to be unified in joyful prayer and to meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.
Your learning comes from reading and studying the Bible. After you have read the Scripture passage below, answer the following questions. It's a good idea to do them every day.
1. Read verse one. Exactly how are the Philippians to stand and what is the “therefore” there for?
2. Paul describes a situation in verses 2 and 3.
3. What does it mean to have one’s name written in the Book of Life? (See Rev 20:11-15 and 21:9-27)?
Look at the table below. The word “joy” occurs six times in the Book of Philippians and the word “rejoice” eight times. From looking at each occurrence given below, what are three things the Philippians told to do with joy, and what 4 causes are the Philippians given to rejoice or be joyful?
1. In Philippians chapter 4 verse eight, Paul exhorts the Philippians to think on seven things as shown below. What about you? What can you or could you think about? Fill in the table below.
Things I can think about that are true, noble, right, pure, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy
2. Do you think Paul experienced God’s peace that surpasses all understanding that he speaks about in verse 7? Why or why not?
3. What peace do Christians enjoy that unbelievers do not?
1. What are some things that the Philippians (and we fellow Christians today) should and should not do that will give them the peace of God in the verses below?
2. Paul says in Philippians chapter 4 verse 12 that he has learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. What is that secret?
1. How does not being content with our situation work against us and against our relationship with God?
2. Read the following passages of Scripture:
How did they help Paul learn the secret he mentions in verse 12?
Put yourself in the Philippian church. Assume you were involved in the establishment of the church when Paul first arrives some time ago. And now some time later, this letter sent from Paul in a Roman jail was just read to you (all four chapters) for the first time. How does the letter:
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