Thursday, 26 November 2009

WG Bible Study Philippians 3

Links to previous questions: Philippians 1 & Philippians 2.

Questions for Home Study

Friday: Paul’s confidence did not come from what he had done

1. Read Philippians 4:1, 3:1-6

a) Context (4:1) Given the “therefore” in Philippians 4:1, what is Philippians 3 there for?

b) Context (3:1) Why did Paul decide to repeat what he had already written to the Philippians?

c) (3:2) Who does Paul warn the Philippians to watch out for?

d) Can you relate this to the account of the Council at Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-32)?

e) (3:3-6) How is the confidence of Christians different to those who rely upon their own obedience to the Law?

f) Connect What gives you confidence of your salvation?

Saturday: Paul considered what he had lost, and all that Christ has won

2. Read Philippians 3:7-11.

a) (3:7-8) What did Paul consider worthless? What is of utmost importance?

b) Connect What have you given up, because knowing Jesus left no room for it in your life?

c) (3:9) Where (or Who) does righteousness come from?

d) (3:10-11) What did Paul hope for and desire?

e) Connect What Christian blessings do you look forward to receiving?

Sunday: Church!

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

Monday: Paul presses on

4. Read Philippians 3:12-17.

a) (3:12-14) Also read Philippians 2:12-13. Paul knows he cannot win salvation for himself, and he knows that Christ has already won his salvation. Yet he still presses on. Why?

b) Connect What do you do to “press on toward the goal … heavenward”?

c) (3:15) Considering all that Paul has written in Philippians 3:1-14, what “view of things” should those who are mature take?

d) (3:16-17) What three pieces of advice does Paul give, in these verses, for standing firm?

e) Connect Who would be a good - godly - example for you to follow?

Tuesday: Paul contrasted the enemies of the cross with citizens of heaven

5. Read Philippians 3:18-21.

a) (3:18) How does relying upon obedience to the Law make a person an enemy of the cross?

b) (3:19) How did Paul describe the enemies of the cross? (Use your own words.)

c) (3:20-21) In contrast, what did Paul say about citizens of heaven?

d) Connect How are you living: as an enemy of the cross, or a citizen of heaven?

Wednesday: Review

6. Re-read Philippians 3.

a) What was the main thing you learnt from Philippians 3 this week about how you, as a Christian, should live?

b) What was the main thing you learnt from Philippians 3 this week about resurrection from death, or about heaven?

Thursday: Women’s Gathering!

7. In your Prayer Triplet: Pray that we will know that Jesus Christ has done all that is necessary for our salvation, and that we will do all that is possible for our sanctification.

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