Partners in the Gospel
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1. How does Paul express his gratitude for the Philippians in v.3-4? What does it look like for us to maintain a similar posture?
2. What is the significance of Paul and the Philippians' "partnership in the gospel"? What does this tell us about the nature of our relationships within the church?
3. What is the biblical concept of fellowship and how is that different from how the word is normally used in our day?
4. In verse 6, how does Paul show that salvation is past, present, and future? How are each of these "tenses" of salvation encouraging to us?
5. As God is "bringing your salvation to completion" are there some aspects of your faith that feel more "complete" than others? In other words, in what ways has the Lord grown you since your "first day in the gospel" and in what ways are you still clearly "incomplete"?
Scripture References: Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Phil. 4:17; 2 Cor. 8:1-2; Phil. 4:14; Rom. 8:24; 1 Cor. 1:18; Matt. 10:22