20 February 2022 (am) – Philippians 1:20-26
|Andy Bruins preaching from Philippians on Sunday 20th February 2022.|
It’s important to understand that Paul is writing this letter whilst he awaits his trial – will he be vindicated and set free, or will he be convicted and executed?
These verses give us a very personal insight into what makes the Apostle Paul tick. He talks here about his purpose – what he wants to achieve in this life, and his philosophy – what underpins the way he thinks and lives. And in the light of these things he then spells out his dilemma; what do I want more… to live or to die!?
Q Read v20. What is Paul’s aim both in life and in death? What do you think this would look like if he was i) set free, ii) sentenced to death?
Q Read v21-26. What does Paul mean when he says, “For to me, to live is Christ”? How do the following verses shed light on that statement (also look at v9-11)
Q How would dying be “gain” for Paul?
Q If dying would be “gain”, why does Paul feel torn between the two options?
Q Why do you think death tends to frighten or worry us? How can Paul be so confident about facing death?
Q If Paul is an example for us to follow (3:17), what do we learn here about the priorities we should have in life?