The Joy of Service in Christ
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Delivered By
Cole Newton
Delivered On
September 16, 2018
Central Passage
Philippians 2:19-30
Subject
Phillippians Week 14
Description

COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY GUIDE

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

Philippians 2:20-21 | For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. [21] For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:29-30 | So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, [30] for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

OPENING THOUGHT

Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians while being imprisoned for the gospel to the church in Philippi as they were beginning to experience hostility to the gospel. But even though both Paul and the Philippians were suffering for Christ, Paul’s repeated message throughout the letter is to rejoice.

The apostle began this letter by expressing his thanksgiving to God for the Philippians and their partnership in his ministry. He then gave them news of his imprisonment, assuring them that God has already used it for the advancement of the gospel and that He will continue to do so. Paul then began a lengthy section of commands each of which was rooted in the call to behave as citizens worthy of the gospel. Such a lifestyle must be modeled after Christ, who is the supreme example of selfless humility.

Within our present passage, Paul launches into another personal discourse between the Philippian church and himself. His message here revolves primarily around two men that both Paul and the Philippians knew well: Timothy and Epaphroditus. Even though verses 14-18 concluded the discourse Paul began in 1:27, the descriptions of Timothy and Epaphroditus before us serve as an epilogue of sorts, setting before us two examples of worthy men who are following after Christ and His example of service and humility.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Read Philippians 2:19-30 and discuss the following.

  1. Which verses stood out most to you as you read Philippians 2:19-30 this week? Why? What do these verses teach you about who God is?
  2. What aspects of Timothys description stand out to you? How are you similar to or different from him?
  3. What aspects of Epaphroditus description stand out to you? How are you similar to or different from him?
  4. Why is it important to consider the lives of other Christians? What are the benefits and potential dangers of doing so?

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?