The Joy of Prayer in Christ
Delivered By
Cole Newton
Delivered On
July 8, 2018
Central Passage
Philippians 1:9-11
Subject
Phillippians Week 4
Description

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

Philippians 1:9-11 | It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  

OPENING THOUGHT

Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi has often been called the epistle of joy because of the apostle’s frequent command for the Philippians to rejoice. Given Paul’s imprisonment and the Philippians’ implied persecution (1:28), this command to rejoice might seem a little strange. However, throughout the letter, Paul repeatedly points us to toward the hope that gives him great joy and contentment, even while awaiting execution in a prison cell: Jesus Christ.

So far we’ve studied Paul’s opening words to the Philippians, considering how he praised God for their partnership in the gospel, how he was confident that God would keep them rooted in the gospel until the end, and how he yearned for the Philippians with the affections of Christ.

We now conclude this introductory paragraph with Paul’s prayer for his brothers and sisters at Philippi. The central request of the prayer is that their love would continue to flourish, as they also grow in knowledge, discernment, and are filled with righteousness. In short, Paul prayed for spiritual growth that would bear fruit in every aspect of their lives.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Read Philippians 1:9-11 and discuss the following.

  1. Which verses stood out most to you as you read Philippians 1:9-11 this week? Why? What do these verses teach you about who God is?
  2. What is love, and why is Pauls prayer that it would abound more and more? Why is love so central to the Christian faith?
  3. What two outcomes does Paul pray will come from their abounding love?
  4. Why does Paul end by emphasizing that our righteousness, discernment, knowledge, and love must come through Christ to the glory and praise of God?
  5. How often do you pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do your prayers resemble the prayers of Paul?

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?