“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 5July 25, 2021
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)
Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. (Philippians 2:17-18)
- Paul starts this text with “Therefore, my beloved”. What does this say about his heart and attitude towards his readers in what follows?
- What is our part and God’s part with the working out of our own salvation?
- What does Paul say that enables us to shine as lights in the world?
- How have you experienced God working in you?
- In verses 14 and 15, Paul tells his readers that if they avoid complaining and becoming calculated when it gets risky, their conduct and motives won’t get in the way of their reflection of Jesus. How have you experienced these efforts and impacts at play in your life and the lives of others?
- Despite our efforts and intentions, sometimes we experience bad and hard circumstances. How can you rejoice in the Lord when facing those circumstances this week?