Death To Life Part 3: I Thank My God Pastor Troy Jones August 15
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To
all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi,
together with the overseers and deacons:
Death To Life
Part 3: I Thank My God
Pastor Troy Jones
August 15-16, 2015
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ.?”
3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from
the first day until now,
6 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.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound
more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
10 so that you may be able to discern what is best
and may be pure and blameless for the day of
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes
through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of
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Application means change. Perhaps you need to reflect on how you view the local
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loud or too quiet caused you to lose sight of what Paul is so fond of remembering?
Application of these verses may help you remember or recall the joy of being with
people whom you can encourage and grow in your faith alongside, just as Paul loved the
encouragement and friendship of his church family in Philippi.
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Today, Pastor Troy returns from a long absence. Although this has been a time of rest and
renewal for him, his thoughts were with New Life, much like the Apostle Paul’s thoughts
were when he was away from the church in Philippi. This week, use these scripture
references and questions below to help you understand the love and passion God has for
His people in the local church.
In this section, talk about how you will apply the principles you’ve learned from this
week’s message, then think about practical steps you can take in the coming week to live
out what you’ve learned.
The city of Philippi was located in Greece, and was already an ancient city when the
Apostle Paul arrived there around 49 AD. Absorbed into the Macedonian empire by
Philip II (the father of Alexander the Great, who named it after himself) in 356 BC. Just
seven years before Paul’s visit, Mark Antony and Octavian defeated Brutus, the assassin
of Julius Caesar in a great battle there. Because of its importance, the city was granted
the highest honor: although not a Roman town, its citizens were afforded all the rights
and privileges of true Romans. In church history, Philippi is where the Gospel began its
successful march from Judea into all of Europe, fulfilling Jesus’ commandment to “Go
into all the world.”
What is clear about Paul’s feelings towards the church and people of Philippi from the opening of his letter? (1:1-3)
What good work has God begun in you that you hope to see Him complete, as Paul mentions in verse 6? How can that help you grow personally, spiritually, and emotionally?
When we celebrate what God has done through the ministry of a church, we celebrate God’s working out of our faith as we grow. What are some areas of growth in your faith that you can celebrate?
Why is it so important for us to be “pure and blameless for the day of Christ?” How can we as a church fellowship help each other see this through?
In your own life, whom are some people you thank God for, every time you remember them? Why?
How can you pray with joy for the people in your life? How can you pray specifically for our pastors, leaders, and elders?
What does Paul mean when he says, “I always pray with joy?” (1:4-5)
Knowing that the Gospel was first presented in Europe in the city of Philippi, why would Paul’s words in vs. 5 mean so much to both he and the church?
By the time the letter is written, Paul hasn’t been in Philippi in many years. In prison in Rome, and thinking of his dear friends, why are his words to them in vs. 6 so important?
Paul’s greeting to the people in Philippi takes up the whole first chapter of the book, and it ends with a prayer of blessing. What would motivate Paul to pray this way for the church? (1:9-11)
My take away today: ____________________________________
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