On Sunday, June 19th we start a brand new sermon series on the book of Philippians. In chapter one Paul and Timothy write, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I don’t know of any better words to turn to one week after baptism and membership Sunday. We’re encouraged to remember that God finishes what he starts, and that means He can be trusted.
What is He doing in your life right now? What “work” might He want to start or finish in you today?
Sermon Study Questions: Philippians 1:1-8
- Think of someone who has had a big influence on your relationship with Jesus. Who was that person? How did they help you grow?
- Can you explain Paul and Timothy’s greeting in your own words? What does ‘grace’ and ‘peace’ mean to you?
- Paul talks about being partners in the gospel (v.5). What do you think that meant for the church in Philippi? What does it look like for us to be partners in the gospel?
- In the same way, Paul talks about sharing in God’s grace with himself. What do you think that means? How can we share in God’s grace today?
- What does it mean to say that God will complete what he has started?
- Verse 8 shows just how important Christian community was to Paul. He wrote this letter from prison and talks about his longing to see the Philippians once more. What does the Christian community mean to you? How have you experienced it? How might we grow together in a way that emphasizes doing life together?