For whom do you thank God when you remember them?
Paul writes that his arrest actually served to help spread the gospel of Christ. How do you think you would react to being imprisoned for your faith?
How can a struggle or challenge you are going through help spread the good news of Christ?
How can you live your life in such a way that it is “worthy of the gospel of Christ”? What specific actions or attitudes might this include?
In what ways do you remember to live your life for others, without an attitude of “selfish ambition?”
How easy or difficult do you find it to have the same mindset of Christ? Why do you think this is the case?
Why is it easier to grumble or complain than it is to put others before yourself?
What causes you to rejoice? What about rejoicing in the Lord?
What sort of things might someone be willing to give up to fully know Christ Jesus? How does this compare to Paul’s statement that he would give up everything to know Christ?
What keeps you focused on the goal of Jesus Christ and pushing forward toward that goal versus always dwelling on what’s behind you?
Why do you think Eudia and Synthyche were having trouble getting along? How does this disagreement impact the message of this entire letter?
We often hear Philippians 4.13 used in a variety of situations where we need strength or power to overcome some challenge, which is not really the context of how Paul uses this passage. What do you sense Paul is saying in this verse/paragraph? Why is this important to know?
We find here the third or fourth intercessory prayer—prayers on the behalf of others—of Paul’s so far in this year’s readings. What stands out to you in these prayers, especially the one here? How do these prayers compare to what we typically consider intercessory prayers?
How important for following God is knowing Jesus, given that the “fullness of God” dwelt in Jesus?
How hard do we work to present people “mature in Christ”? How can we work harder to do this?
Prayer for the week: “Lord, may we be people who speak boldly in your name.”
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