When we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, it is easier to surrender to cynicism than to fight for joy. As humans, we tend to allow negativity to be the first thoughts in our head and direct our path during tough times. In the bible, Paul recognized this fact and wrote to the church in Philippi to live out lives that are obedient to God and uplift one another through encouragement. Join us as we journey through the book of Philippians and study Paul’s letter to the church in our Summer Teaching Series Priority Mail.
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- Paul encouraged the Philippians to “work out their salvation.” Spend a little time meditating on your salvation this week. Does anything encourage, surprise or challenge you in these verses? Romans 4:3-5; Galatians 3:2-6; Galatians 3:10-14.
- For those who seek the kingdom and righteousness of God (Romans 3:21-22), can God be trusted with the needs, fears, and losses of life (Matthew 6:25-33)?
- Paul tells us that those who know the truth of the gospel “shine like lights.” You already are a light, not because of your morality, character, or position in life but because you “hold fast the word of life” (the gospel). Do you find it comforting or challenging that God has made you one of his lights? How would you explain the grace of God to someone who doesn’t understand it (or someone who understands it and needs to hear it again)?