Sample Scripture Reading Plan (Philippians)
The Scripture reference here is NOT a type. Acts 16:16-24 tells the story of Paul and Silas when they go to Phillipi to preach about Jesus. They get thrown in jail!
Paul and Silas were in a gross and smelly jail, but they were singing hymns and rejoicing and praising God, even while they were in terrible jail. People were amazed by Paul and Silas. And guess what, Paul and Silas even tell the Philippian jailer about Jesus, and he believes in Jesus and gets saved!
Paul greets the Philippian Christians with grace and peace from God.
Paul loves the Philippian Christians, and He is thankful for their partnership in the Gospel
Paul was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, but he was happy because the guards were coming to know Jesus.
Some people were preaching about Jesus with a selfish and jealous heart. But Paul was thankful that Jesus was being preached.
Paul loved Jesus. His entire goal in life was to live for Jesus and die for Jesus. Dying for Jesus meant GAIN.
Paul wants us to live for Jesus and love Jesus just like he does.
Those who love Jesus do not live for their own selfish reasons. They love Jesus and they care about others.
Paul learned to be a servant by looking to Jesus. Jesus loved us so much that He went to the cross to die for us. God is so happy with Jesus that God has exalted Him as the most important person in the world…for all time.
Therefore, think about your salvation. Do you want to obey and honor Jesus with all your heart?
One way to honor Jesus is to be glad and rejoice, not grumble fight. When we are happy in Jesus, we shine like lights in the world.
Paul said that there are some preachers who only talk about Jesus "from envy and rivalry" (Phil. 1:15). That means they were selfish, even when they were talking about Jesus. But Paul did not want to send a selfish preacher to Philippian Christians, whom he loved so much. Paul sent Timothy, because Paul knew that Timothy would really love the Philippian people when he preached about Jesus.
Paul also sent Epaphroditus to help the Philippians. Epaphroditus loved the Jesus so much that he almost died telling people about Jesus. Pauls says, "honor such men."
Most people thought that Paul was a very good person…and a very important person. But Paul loved Jesus and knew that only Jesus is truly good. Paul needed forgiveness and grace, even though orther people thought he was such a great person.
Nothing is as important or valuable in life as knowing and loving Jesus. NOTHING.
Paul did a lot of amazing things for Jesus, but he did not think about all the amazing things he accomplished. He only focused on Jesus and continued to race after Jesus.
Paul wants us to focus on Jesus and race after Jesus just like He did. Those who do not love Jesus and race after Jesus will go to hell.
Two ladies with funny names (Euodia and Syntyche) both loved Jesus. But they were having a disagreement in the church. Paul said, "help these women."
Paul tells Chrsitians to "rejoice in the Lord always" and to pray every we start to worry. God doesn't want us to worry, but to trust Him. What are som things that make you worry sometimes? Pray about those things immediately.
Paul tells Christians to think about good things, not bad things. What are the six things that Paul tells Chrsitians to think about? Paul says, "practice these things." That is, practice thinking about good things everyday.
Remember when Paul told the Philippians, "Do not worry" (4:6). In this passage, Paul tells us that we are able to trust God and be content no matter how bad things might be.
The Philippian Christians sent money to help Paul tell people about Jesus, and Paul was so thankful. Paul loves Jesus very much, and Paul loves the Philippians very much too. That's why Paul wrote them such a great letter about Jesus.
Who wrote the letter of Philippians? (Answer: Paul) Why did he write it? (Lots of good answers: 1. To thank the Philippians for their gift of money 2. to thank the Philippians for their partnership in the Gospel. 3. Paul also wrote to encourage the Philippians in Jesus, and 4. to tell the Philippians about the jailers who have come to know Jesus and love him. Dad, at this point, I encourage you to share your personal favorite verse from the book of Philippians.