05 June 2022 (am) – Philippians 4:2-9
|Andy Bruins preaching from Philippians on Sunday 5th June 2022.
This passage contains a series of exhortations; we are to take all the good teaching of the previous chapter and start applying it in our personal lives and in that of the church.
The church in Philippi seems to have been a really impressive assembly, and the Apostle clearly loves them, which is why he must now plead with them to get their thinking and their living right so that they can keep a good thing good.
Q What is the most trivial thing that you have ever seen two friends fall out over? What are the real reasons that people fall out with each other?
Q Read v2-3. What do we know about these two ladies, Euodia and Syntyche? How does Paul address them? What have they fallen out over?
Q What do you think it means to “agree with each other in the Lord”? Why are relationships between Christians so important? (cf. 1 John 4:19-21)
Q Read v4-7. What do these verses tell us about how we must learn to react to our circumstances? What do you think is the difference between anxiety and concern? Have you found what Paul say in v7 to be true in your experience?
Q What does it mean for your gentleness to be evident to all? When is it hard to react gently? How does it help to remember that “the Lord is near” ?
Q Read v8-9. Where can we find things to think about that fit the description of v8? (consider Psalm 8:1-4). How can we think about such things more?