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  1. Personal Thanksgiving and Prayer
    • Paul expresses deep gratitude and joy for the Philippians. How can we cultivate a similar attitude of thankfulness and joy in our prayers for others?
    • Related Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  2. Partnership in the Gospel
    • What does it mean to you to be in partnership with others in the gospel? How can we strengthen our partnerships within our own church community?
    • Related Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
  3. Confidence in God’s Work
    • Paul is confident that God will complete the good work He began in the Philippians. How does this assurance affect your view of your own spiritual growth and that of others?
    • Related Scripture: Ephesians 2:10
  4. Loving with the Affection of Christ
    • Paul mentions that he longs for the Philippians with the affection of Christ Jesus. How can we learn to love others with the same Christ-like affection?
    • Related Scripture: John 13:34-35
  5. Abounding Love
    • In verse 9, Paul prays that the Philippians’ love may abound more and more. How can we ensure that our love continues to grow in knowledge and discernment?
    • Related Scripture: 1 John 4:7-8
  6. Discernment and Approving Excellence
    • What does it look like to “approve what is excellent” in our daily lives? How can we practice discernment in our choices and actions?
    • Related Scripture: Romans 12:2
  7. Pure and Blameless for the Day of Christ
    • How can we strive to be pure and blameless as we await the return of Christ? What practical steps can we take to live out this call?
    • Related Scripture: 1 John 3:2-3
  8. Fruit of Righteousness
    • What are the “fruits of righteousness” that Paul speaks of, and how can we cultivate them in our lives?
    • Related Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23
  9. Glory and Praise of God
    • Paul desires that the Philippians’ growth in love and righteousness will result in the glory and praise of God. How do our actions and growth bring glory to God?
    • Related Scripture: Matthew 5:16
  10. Personal Reflections on Paul’s Prayer
    • Reflecting on Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:3-11, how might you model your own prayers for others in your community? What specific elements from Paul’s prayer can you incorporate?
    • Related Scripture: Colossians 1:9-12

Questions which focus on Prayer

Intercessory Prayer

  • How does Paul’s prayer for the Philippians inspire you to pray more fervently for others?
  • Related Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer for Spiritual Growth

  • How can we specifically pray for the spiritual growth of our friends and family members?
  • Related Scripture: Ephesians 3:16-19

Praying with Joy

  • What does it mean to pray with joy, as Paul does? How can we incorporate joy into our prayer life?
  • Related Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7

Consistency in Prayer

  • What strategies can we use to become more consistent in our prayer life, following Paul’s example?
  • Related Scripture: Luke 18:1

Praying for Discernment

  • How important is it to pray for discernment and knowledge in our love, and how can we do this effectively?
  • Related Scripture: James 1:5

Prayer and Thanksgiving Combined

  • How does combining prayer with thanksgiving, as Paul does, change the way we approach God?
  • Related Scripture: Philippians 4:6

Praying for Holiness

  • How can we pray for ourselves and others to live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ?
  • Related Scripture: 1 Peter 1:15-16

Praying for Fruitfulness

  • What are some specific ways we can pray for the fruit of righteousness to be evident in our lives and the lives of others?
  • Related Scripture: John 15:7-8

Prayer as a Source of Strength

  • How can prayer serve as a source of strength and encouragement in our daily walk with God?
  • Related Scripture: Isaiah 40:31

Prayer for God’s Glory

  • How can we align our prayers with the desire for God’s glory and praise to be manifest in our lives and communities?
  • Related Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31

Loving God – Loving People

Love Abounding in Knowledge and Discernment

In verse 9, Paul prays that the Philippians’ love may abound more and more with knowledge and discernment. What does it look like to love others in a way that is both heartfelt and wise?

Related Scripture: Philippians 1:9

Preaching the Word

Partnership in the Gospel

Paul thanks God for the Philippians’ partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. How can we actively participate in spreading the gospel in our everyday lives?

Related Scripture: Romans 10:14-15

Confidence in God’s Work

Paul is confident that He who began a good work in the Philippians will bring it to completion. How does this confidence encourage us to persevere in preaching and sharing the Word, even when we don’t see immediate results?

Related Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:2

Making Disciples

Modeling Christ-like Behavior

Paul’s life and prayers serve as a model for the Philippians. How can our lives serve as examples to others, and what steps can we take to be more intentional in making disciples?

Related Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:1

Policy or Civic Involvement based upon Philippians 1:1-11

Abounding Love and Discernment in Policy Making

In verse 9, Paul prays that the Philippians’ love may abound more and more with knowledge and all discernment. How can we apply this principle of love combined with discernment to advocate for policies that reflect Christian values and promote the common good?

Related Scripture: Philippians 1:9

Tracing Christ through the Bible

Christ’s Deity

Christ’s Authority and Power

In recognizing that the good work begun in believers is carried out by Christ, what does this tell us about Christ’s authority and power as God?

Related Scripture: Colossians 1:16-17 – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth… and in him all things hold together.”

Christ as Savior

The Righteousness through Christ

In verse 11, Paul speaks of being filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ. How does this emphasize Christ’s role as our Savior who imparts His righteousness to us?

Related Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Modeling Our Lives after Christ

Bearing the Fruit of Righteousness

The passage speaks of being filled with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ (v. 11). How can we actively seek to bear such fruit in our daily lives, reflecting Christ’s character?

Related Scripture: John 15:4-5 – “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

Tracing fulfilled prophecy in the Bible

Christ’s Affection and God’s Plan

Paul’s expression of the affection of Christ Jesus (v. 8) reflects the fulfillment of God’s plan for a Messiah who embodies divine love and compassion. How does this passage speak to the fulfillment of prophecies regarding the Messiah’s character?

Related Prophecy: Isaiah 42:1-4 – “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.”

Involvement in ‘Care Ministries”

Abounding Love in Service

Paul prays that the Philippians’ love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment (v. 9). How can we ensure that our care ministries are driven by a love that is both abundant and discerning, meeting real needs in effective ways?

Related Scripture: 1 John 3:18 – “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”