…in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.Philippians 1:6 NASB
The Message translates the verse in this way “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this good work in you will bring it to a flourishing finish.” Like Kori, this is one of my life verses. There are too many good ones to choose just one verse 🙂 I find such relief in this verse because it reminds me that it does not depend on me but Jesus. I may feel like a mess, a project that will never get finished, but God will complete what he started in me. That is a promise! But today is not yet the day of Christ Jesus and I am a long way from perfection.
Paul seems really fond of the church in Philippi (the city of Philippi is in the region of Macedonia so when you read a verse about the Macedonians – such as Romans 15:26 -realize this includes Philippi). He shares how he prays for them in verses 9-11. If I am not sure how to specifically pray for someone, I think this is a great place to start.
In verse 12, Paul begins to share about his circumstances – imprisonment for the cause of Christ. Yet he is rejoicing. Why? Instead of it silencing the gospel, Paul has a new audience. Furthermore, others are preaching the gospel either because they have been emboldened by his witness or because they are trying to make him envious by their number of converts. Paul realized it was never about him so he can rejoice that Jesus is being proclaimed.
Read through Chapter 1:1-18
Throughout the book take note of several key words – Christ, suffer, gospel, rejoice, mind/think. You may want to keep a list of the verses for each word. If you have extra time you can even do a word study on the Greek meanings of the words.
If your time permits, another additional assignment you can do is read Chapter 1 in different translation. Although I do not use it for study, I like the different perspective from the Message.
Questions to consider and discuss – you don’t have to comment on all unless you want to. You can share anything else you learned.