The Joy of Assurance in Christ
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Delivered By
Cole Newton
Delivered On
July 1, 2018
Central Passage
Philippians 1:6-8
Subject
Philippians
Description

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

Philippians 1:6 | And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:7-8 | It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

OPENING THOUGHT

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is essentially an extended ‘thank you’ note for a gift that the church of Philippi sent to Paul through Epaphroditus as the messenger. Apart from simply expressing his gratitude for the Philippians, Paul also uses his letter as an opportunity to encourage the church that he planted to continue growing in their love for Christ and their participation in the gospel.

So far, we have seen Paul’s heart of thanks for his partnership with the Philippians in the spread of the gospel. He expressed this gratitude to God who worked through them, and he claimed to thank God for the Philippians every time he remembered them.

We now continue Paul’s opening remarks to his beloved brothers and sisters. In these three verses, Paul expresses his confidence that because of their strong display of faith God would ultimately complete the Philippians salvation at the day of Jesus Christ. He also emphasizes for them how strongly he yearns for all of them with the affections of Jesus Christ. Let us draw comfort and challenge from this text. May we grow in love for one another as we make ready for Christ’s return.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Read Philippians 1:6-8 and discuss the following.

  1. Which verses stood out most to you as you read Philippians 1:6-8 this week? Why? What do these verses teach you about who God is?
  2. What is the good work began in us in verse 6? What is the day of Jesus Christ? What is assurance of salvation and how does this verse teach it?
  3. Are you trusting that God alone can bring you safely into His kingdom, or have you, perhaps subtly, begun to rely upon your own good works? In what ways do you willingly embrace the safeguards of Christian community to provide assurance of your salvation?
  4. Can you relate to Pauls yearning affection for the Philippians to your affection for fellow believers in your life? How do spiritual disciplines and corporate worship grow our affections for God and His people? What do your own daily and weekly habits and routines reveal about your yearnings and affections?

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Because all Scripture profits us through teaching, reproving, correcting, and training us, reflect upon the studied text, and ask yourself the following questions about the present text.

  • What has God taught you about Himself?
  • What sin is God convicting or reproving you of?
  • How is God correcting you?
  • How is God training and equipping you for righteousness?