“How To” in Hard Times: Philippians 1:1-14

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In Philippians 1:1-14 Paul shows us three ways to think and act when times are tough.

1. How to Relate to Other Believers (1:1-8)

a. Desiring God’s grace and peace for them (2)

b. Being thankful for them and letting God know (3)

c. Remembering them in your prayers (4)

d. Remembering what unites us — the Gospel (5)

e. Looking for the work of God in others (6)

f. More of them, less of me (7)

g. Desiring to be together and encourage (8)

2. How to Pray for One Another (1:9-11)

a. That your love may about still more and more in knowledge and all discernment (9)

i. Love that is rooted…

ii. Spiritual Insight

iii. Spiritual discernment (good judgement)

b. That (purpose) you may approve the things that are excellent (10)

c. That (result) you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ (10)

d. (put on) Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ (11)

e. (ultimate goal) To the glory and praise of God (11)

f. Two things Scripture essential warns against: love without discernment and discernment without love. They are a package deal. Paul prays for both – much like 1 Corinthians, he sees action without love as meaning nothing)

3. How to Think Positively (1:12-14)

a. God’s story is bigger than my own and He is working it out even when life seems contrary.

b. God can use the strength He gives us in difficulty to witness to the truth and many times when we are unaware of it (13)

c. The faith I exercise today my be the strength other need tomorrow for their own story (14)


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