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


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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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