The Journey - October 5, 2019


Teacher: Dee Briggs

Listen to the book of Philippians from BibleGateway: ESV, KJV, MSG, NIV

Our topic for next week, October 5, 2019

  1. As well as reading Paul's letter to the Philippians, also read Acts 16:6-40 as a reminder regarding the "when" and "how" this particular church popped up.
  2. There is a wonderful promise found in chapter 1, verse 6. Check it out. Do you believe it?
  3. Paul referred to joy or rejoicing at least sixteen times in this short letter. He was writing as a prisoner in Rome who was quite possibly facing a death sentence. Apparently, Paul's joyfulness was found apart from his situation and circumstances. What do you think the basis for Paul's ability to rejoice at all times and in all things was?
  4. Paul was a pathfinder: one who makes a path or leads the way through an unknown region or area of knowledge. Basically, Paul said, "Follow me!" And he gave good advice. Read Philippians 3:17 and 4:8-9. God's pathfinders throughout the ages have said similar things, like Isaiah (30:21): "This is the way; walk in it." How do you know whom to follow? Do you hold your spiritual leaders accountable? Do you automatically believe everything they say? Do you think the Philippians trusted Paul unconditionally? Should they have? Why or why not?

Looking forward to seeing you next Sabbath! Dee Briggs

Short Outline of Philippians from Today's English Version

  • Introduction (1:1-11)
  • Paul’s personal circumstances (1:12-26)
  • The life in Christ (1:27 – 2:18)
  • Plans for Timothy and Epaphroditus (2:19-30)
  • Warnings against enemies and dangers (3:1 – 4:9)
  • Paul and his Philippian friends (4:10-20)
  • Conclusion (4:21-23)
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