Discussion Questions for Philippians

By Scarlett Stough

Chapter One.

This letter was written to “all the saints in Christ Jesus” “together with the overseers and deacons” at Philippi. The letter was preserved for Christians down through the ages. It has an application for all Christians for all time.

1. How would you define joy?

2. What reasons did Paul find for his own joy? How does this relate to “rejoicing in the Lord?”

3. How does prayer affect the presence or lack of joy?

4. What does the Beatitude “Blessed are those who mourn” teach us about the nature of godly joy?

Chapter Two.

1. What does Paul mean by being “like-minded?”

2. How does this quality increase our capacity to rejoice?

3. Why could Paul rejoice even while he was “being poured out like a drink offering?”

4. In what ways does Paul expect that Timothy and Epaphroditus would bring joy to himself and to the Philippian congregation? Is there an application for us today?

Chapter Three.

1. Why do you think Paul is emphasizing his exhortation to “rejoice in the Lord?”

2. To what does Paul contrast rejoicing in the Lord?

3. How can we sustain joy in hard times over a long period of time?

Chapter Four.

1. Why do you think Paul placed his exhortation regarding Euodia and Syntyche right before his second exhortation to “rejoice in the Lord?” How does rejoicing in the Lord sustain and restore relationships?

2. What are some ways we sabotage our own joy?

3. How can we create an environment for joy to increase?

4. What was Paul’s secret to contentment? Do you have any examples from your life that would be an encouragement to others?

5. How has God met all of your needs?

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