Lesson No. 559
Philippians Chapter 4
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ…"

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Think about pure and lovely things
1 Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Paul is grateful for their gift 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. 15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Paul’s final greetings 21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household. 23  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Lesson No.  559          “I Can Do All Things Through Christ…"

 Philippians Chapter 4                                                03/28/2021

1)      What does Paul say the church means to him?  (verse 1)  See how he acknowledges individuals in verses 2 and 3.  Do we do that?

2)      Paul gives good advice for abundant living in the Lord in verses 2-6, what is it?  (rejoice always, be moderate, the Lord is at hand, don’t be careful but for all things be in prayer and making humble requests to God)

3)      And what do these ‘choices’ bring us?  (hint- verse 7

4)      In addition, Paul tells us what we ‘should think on’?  What things?  (verse 8)  Since Paul lives by these, he uses himself in teaching these things- leaders and teachers lead and teach by example!

5)      If you think on these things as Paul teaches, what happens?

6)      Paul thanks the church for helping him in prison (verses 10-11), but what does he teach us about being content and how to abound (verse 12).  Is this easy?

7)      And how can Paul make these claims?  How can he thrive in these environments, times, and trials?  (verse 13)  How about you and me?

8)      He goes on to acknowledge their gifts to him in prison (verse 14-16), but is it about helping him or is there something deeper that Paul is grateful for?  (verse 17)

9)      Paul says that he ‘abounds’ by their gift (verse 18) but how does this affect the giver of gifts? (verse 19)  Can you ever ‘out give’ God, whom we give glory forever?  (verse 20)

10) So, in closing, tell me how we ‘salute’ each other in Christ Jesus (verse 21-23)?  Is this a simple greeting, or does it cost us more, like engaging and involving ourselves in each other’s life and burdens, or even time-talents-treasure?  At what cost has Christ loved you and me?

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