Thursday, 19 November 2009

WG Bible Study Philippians 2

Following on from our Women's Gathering study of Philippians 1, here are the questions for Philippians 2.

Questions for Home Study

Friday: Paul instructs the Philippians to be united in faith

1. Read Philippians 2:1-5.

a) Context (2:1) What does it mean to be “united with Christ”?

b) (2:1) What is the foundation of unity among Christians?

c) (2:2) In what ways is unity demonstrated?

d) (2:3-4) What is precluded by unity?

e) Connect What needs to change in your life, as you choose to uphold unity in the Church?

Saturday: Paul instructs the Philippians to be humble in the manner of Christ

2. Read Philippians 2:5-11.

a) (2:5-7) Read Genesis 3:4-6. How was Jesus’ attitude the opposite of that of Eve’s?

b) Connect In what areas of your life do you try to be a god, even if you know it is wrong?

c) (2:5,8) What is the connection between Jesus’ humility and his obedience?

d) Connect How can you choose to display the same humble attitude as Jesus had, in obeying your authorities today?

e) (2:5,9-11) Pray through these verses in your own words. In honest humility, praise Jesus.

Sunday: Church!

3. How did the teaching or preaching you listened to today complement what you are learning from Philippians this week?

Monday: Paul instructs the Philippians to strive for salvation yet be content in their circumstances

4. Read Philippians 2:12-18.

a) (2:12-13) What is our work, and what is God’s work?

b) (2:14-16a) Read Matthew 5:16. What is the result of doing everything without complaining or arguing?

c) Connect What do you need to stop complaining about? What must you stop arguing over?

d) (2:16-18) In spite feeling like his life is being “poured out”, Paul is determined to rejoice. Why?

e) Connect What difference would it make if you chose to be glad and rejoice, rather than complain or argue, in the situations from Q4(c)?

Tuesday: Paul sends Timothy and Epaphroditus to the Philippians

5. Read Philippians 2:19-30.

a) (2:19-22) Why does Paul hope to send Timothy to the Philippians?

b) (2:23-24) Read James 4:13-17. What prevents Paul from promising to send Timothy or come himself?

c) (2:25-30) Why has Paul decided to send Epaphroditus back to the Philippians?

d) Connect Who could you visit or call to show them your love for them in Christ?

Wednesday: Review

6. Re-read Philippians 2.

a) What was the main thing you learnt from Philippians 2 this week about how you, as a Christian, should live?

b) What was the main thing you learnt from Philippians 2 this week about Jesus?

Thursday: Women’s Gathering!

7. In your Prayer Triplet: Pray that we will value unity in the church, showing and growing our unity through humility in our actions, contentment in our situations and being there for others when they need us.

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