We have reached the last chapter of Philippians. Read Chapter 4. What have you learned about joy/rejoicing? See also 1:4, 1:18, 1:25. 2:2, 2:17, 2:18, 2:29 3:1, 4:1, 4:4, 4:10. What steals your joy? What brings you joy?
In verses 4-7, what are we instructed to do? Do we tend to give these commands as much weight as we do when told not to steal, murder, lie, covet or engage in immorality? Should we?
What is the promise in verse 9? Is it conditional on what we do? What is the promise in verse 19? Is it conditional?
Last week we discussed Paul’s purposes in writing. He was sending Epaphrodites back to Philippi with a letter thanking them for their gift and support of his ministry but also he was reminding them important truths in light of the increasing persecution. He urges them to maintain the attitude of Christ and follow his example of being poured out like a drink offering for the sake of Christ and the gospel. Looking over the whole book what is the theme of the book of Philippians?
Learning to be content is a process (4:11). What have you learned on your journey to contentment?
Finally, what was the things the Lord impressed upon your heart as you studied Philippians?