Lesson No. 556
Philippians Chapter 1
"Fruits of Righteousness"

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Greetings from Paul
1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul’s prayer for the Philippian believers 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6 being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Honor Christ by life or death 12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 14 and many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 17 but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. 27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 and in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Lesson No.  556                    Fruits of Righteousness"

Philippians Chapter 1                                                 03/07/2021

1)      Paul greets the church in Philippi (verses 1-2) and then prays for them- what two things does he pray for?  (verses 3-6)

2)      How does Paul draw a common ‘bond’ between this church and Paul the apostle of the church?  (verses 7-9)  What does he pray their love will ‘abound’ in?  Why?  (verses 10-11)  What are the fruits of righteousness?

How is this different from the fruit of the Spirit?  See Proverbs 11: 30 and Philippians 3: 9.  (One is the ability to do, and one the ‘doing’.)

3)      Why does Paul talk about his bondage like it’s a good thing? (verses 12-14)

4)      What two ways are Christians preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ?  (verses 14-18)  What is the result of both approaches- is there only one way to preach the gospel message?  (verse 19)

5)      How does Paul see his life and ministry?  (verses 20-24)  Paul has one foot on earth and one in heaven!  Why does he want to stay? (verses 25-26)

6)      How do we do what Paul suggests in verse 27?  How can our conversation be as the gospel (not the actual gospel) of Jesus Christ?  He used letters to keep connected with his church from afar.  What have we used to do the same?

7)      Paul then councils them to not be afraid of their adversaries in verse 28.   Why?  What does our faith in Christ as opposed to being afraid do for both our adversaries and us at the same time?  (note- perdition means hell)

8)       Verse 29 lets us in on something we don’t like to embrace- suffering.  Remember when we were baptized?  What did the preacher say?  Remember that suffering as Paul did so often even as he wrote this letter what his suffering brought to the world (see question #3).

9)      What is the conflict that Paul tells them that they see in him?  (verse 30) 

What does James say about the ‘trials of this life’?  God uses suffering for His purpose; what’s His purpose?

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