Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Today’s Assignment – Read Philippians
“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.” Philippians 1:20-24
Study Questions for Philippians 1
He Who Began a Good Work in You (1-11)
Who is the sender of this letter and who is the recipient? How did Paul identify himself?
What can we learn from verses 3-8 about Paul’s relationship with the Christians in Philippi? (Acts 16:11-40)
What are Paul’s thanksgiving and prayer topics in verses 3-8? How can he be confident about the future work of God in the uncertain world? (6)
Think about Paul’s prayer in verses 9-11. What is the work of God that he longs to see in their lives? Why does he want to see these things?
For to Me, to Live is Christ (12-30)
While Paul was imprisoned, to whom. did he preach the gospel? What was the response of silent and inactive brethren when Paul was imprisoned? (14)
What were the different kinds of motives that led people to preach the gospel? How did Paul respond? (18) What can we learn from him?
What kind of help did Paul ask for his deliverance? (19)
In Jesus, what kind of purpose of life did Paul have? What kind of personal relationship did he have with Jesus? (21; Rom.1:5; Gal.2:20)
What kind of decision did Paul make when he was in conflict between the desire to die and to remain alive? (22-26)
What does it mean to conduct oneself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ?
Why do we have to participate in the suffering of Christ? (29)
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:5-11
Study Questions for Philippians 2
From Being United with Christ (1-4)
According to verse 1, how can we be humble like Jesus? What does it mean to be united with Christ? How can one be united with Christ? (Rom.6:5-8: Jn. 15:5)
According to vv. 1-4, what effects does a personal relationship with Jesus produce in us? Why is it important that a Christian be an encouragement to others? How can we have true fellowship or friendship with others. and real tenderness and compassion?
Look at verse 3. Why is it so hard for anyone to do this? How can we be so humble and consider others better than ourselves?
Have the Attitude of Christ Jesus (5-11)
According to verse 5, how can we imitate Jesus? What is the basic attitude of Christ? (6-8) How could Jesus obey God even to death on a cross? Why was this so hard to do? (Gal.3: 13)
According to verses 9-11, what was the result of Jesus’ humiliation? What should be our attitude toward Christ? What do we learn here about God’s view of true humility? (Jas.4:6: Mt.5:5) How can anyone ever become a truly humble person?
Continue to Work Out Your Salvation (12-18)
In verse 12 why does Paul say, “continue to work out your salvation”? What does this mean? How can we do this?
Why does Paul say, “do everything without complaining or arguing”? How can we “shine like stars in the universe”? What was Paul’s response to this? (16b-18) Why does he rejoice?
Honor Men Like Him (19-30)
Who was Timothy? Why was he so indispensable to Paul?
Who was Epaphroditus? What had been his problem? Why does Paul say to honor men like him?
“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” Philippians 3:7-11
Study Questions for Philippians 3
That I May Gain Christ (1-11)
Note the theme about which Paul doesn’t mind being repetitious. (1) Why does he keep repeating this? Why is it important for a Christian to rejoice in all circumstances?
Who are the dogs about whom Paul warns? (2) Why does he use such strong language?
Who are the true circumcision? (3) Why?
What are the human achievements and background in which Paul might find human pride and confidence? (4-6)
What did Paul lose in order to gain Christ?
Why did Paul have no regrets about the things he had lost for Jesus’ sake?
What are Paul’s heart’s desires in verse 10? What did Paul do his best to attain by sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death? (11)
I Press on Toward the Goal (12-16)
How does Paul describe his own spiritual struggle? Why did Paul press on and strain toward what is ahead? (14) What could happen to a person who does not press on, who stops growing? What can we learn from Paul?
Follow My Example (17-21)
Who are the enemies of the cross? In what respect are our most dangerous enemies those within?
What is the great conclusion of our spiritual race? (20a) What is our great goal and hope? (20b-21)
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Study Questions for Philippians 4
The Secrets in Rejoicing in the Lord (1-7)
How did Paul regard the Philippian Christians? (1) In what respect did they reflect gospel faith? (3:3, 17-21) How did they show their world mission faith practically? (10,15)
What does Paul’s admonition to Euodia and Syntyche show about his regard for women in the work of the church? (2-3)
What did Paul say here about rejoicing? (5b) Why did he state this admonition as an imperative? How can one always rejoice? What is the significance of “in the Lord”? (4)
What is true gentleness? (5b; Gen. 18; Mt. 11:29)
How can Christians overcome anxiety and have God’s peace in their hearts? (6-7)
Think About Something Excellent and Praiseworthy (8-9)
What should Christians think about? Why is one’s inner thought life so important? (Matt. 12:34; 15:18-20) Why is it hard to think about things that are excellent and praiseworthy in our present world? (Gal. 5:17-18) How can we do this? (2 Tim. 2:22 Acts 7:55)
What does it mean to think about “whatever is noble”?
Why is it important to think about pure things?
What can we learn? (9)
The Secret of Being content in All Circumstances (10-20)
What did Paul say in verse 11? Why is it so hard for human beings to be content in good circumstances or bad? What was Paul’s secret to overcome himself in all circumstances? (12-13, 19) What does this suggest about our real problem? (20)