Thursday, 3 December 2009

WG Bible Study Philippians 4

Questions for Home Study

Friday: Paul gives advice on living in the peace of God

1. Read Philippians 4:2-7.

a) Context (4:3) What had Euodia, Syntyche and Clement done in the past?

b) Context (4:2) What were Euodia and Syntyche doing at the moment?

c) (4:2-3) What did Paul want Syzygus (“loyal yokefellow” to do about the women’s problem?

d) (4:4-5a) What two pieces of advice did Paul give Euodia, Syntyche and Syzygus?

e) (4:5b-7) How does knowing that Jesus is near, and praying to God, help our hearts and minds to be guarded against disagreements and division by God’s peace?

f) Connect What relationship do you need to pray about? So pray!

Saturday: Paul writes of good thoughts, his good example, and God’s presence

2. Read Philippians 4:8-9.

a) (4:8) Think about all you have learned about the gospel this year. What is true and right?

b) (4:8) Think about all you have learnt about holiness this year. What is pure, noble or admirable?

c) (4:8) Think about all you have learnt about godliness this year. What is lovely or excellent?

d) (4:8-9) Think about the example of Paul and the other apostles, such as Peter, that we have learnt about this year. What is praiseworthy?

e) Connect How can you “put into practice” any of this in your own life, knowing the God of peace will be with you?

Sunday: Church!

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

Monday: Paul is content in all situations

4. Read Philippians 4:10-13.

a) Context (4:10) Also read Philippians 4:18. What is Paul rejoicing and thankful for?

b) (4:11-12) What does Paul say about his own contentment?

c) Connect What areas of your life do you need to be more content?

d) (4:13) What is “the secret” of Paul’s contentment?

e) Connect How can Paul’s “secret” and his advice in Philippians 4:6 help you to be content?

Tuesday: Paul thanks the Philippians for their gifts sent through Epaphroditus

5. Read Philippians 4:14-23.

a) Context (4:14-16) What have the Philippians done in the past (and again now) to help Paul?

b) (4:17-18) What is Paul looking forward to on the Philippian’s behalf?

c) (4:19,20-23) How does Paul reassure the Philippians?

d) Connect How does Paul’s reassurance inspire your confidence in God for your situation?

e) (4:20) What is the ultimate aim of Paul’s letter to the Philippians?

Wednesday: Review

6. Re-read Philippians 3.

a) What was the main thing you learnt from Philippians 4 this week about how you, as a Christian, should live?

b) What was the main thing you learnt from Philippians 4 this week about the God of peace?

Thursday: Women’s Gathering!

7. In your Prayer Triplet: Pray that our lives will reflect the peace God has given us. Pray also that we will be content in our circumstances and ready to help others in their circumstances.

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