Philippians 4: 10-23

Philippians 4: 10-23

  1. What was it good of the Philippians to do?
  2. For what is Paul not looking?
  3. What did Paul receive from Epaphroditus?
  4. What is the financial attitude of a wealthy church like Philippi to a missionary like Paul?
  5. How can your finances support the work of someone doing good far from home?

I have been a missionary and I know what it is to suddenly receive a financial gift when living on less than $200 per month.  I received an extra $100 per month froma small group of churches in England.  I now know what it is to have more money than I need for the essentials.  I can give more than the minimal 10% back to God.  What is the best way to avoid the love of money and to avoid being led astray by materialism?  Give money away to worthy causes.

Going Deeper

Observation

  • Why does Paul rejoice greatly in this passage?
  • What two extremes does Paul know?
  • What secret has Paul learned?
  • What did the Philippians do when Paul was in Thessalonica?
  • As the Philippians have sought to supply Paul’s needs what will God do for the Philippians?

Interpretation

  • Why is rejoicing mentioned repeatedly in the book of Philippians?
  • How does ‘I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me’ relate to finances?
  • Why isn’t, ‘my God will supply all your needs’ a blanket statement for all Christians?
  • Why would it be encouraging for Philippi to hear about Caesar’s household?
  • What is the purpose of this passage?

Application

  • Is there someone who is overseas who might feel forgotten who you could encourage?
  • How does your contentment come and go with financial security?
  • How does Christ strengthening you for his work encourage you in times of need?
  • Do you remember to write thank you cards?
  • How would you answer those who use this passage to claim that God wants Christians to all be healthy and wealthy?

 

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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