Working Together for the Gospel (Philippians 2:19-30)
Topic: Philippians Scripture: Philippians 2:19–2:30
First Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-17; Romans 13:8-10
Second Scripture Reading: Acts 16:1-40
Sermon Text: Philippians 2:19-30
God has blessed his Church with innumerable examples of godly men and women over the centuries. We have exemplars of faithful people throughout Scripture, throughout church history, and among our friends and family. We admire their devotion to Christ and their service to his Church. In Philippians 2:19-30, the Apostle Paul describes Timothy and Epaphroditus, who each had a manner of life that was worthy of the gospel of Christ and who worked side by side for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). After you work through these questions, take a few moments to pray and thank the Lord for the godly people that he has surrounded you with and for the many examples of faithfulness we have in church history.
1. For review, read Philippians 2:14-18. Why is grumbling and disputing a sin? Why did Israel grumble against the Lord during their wilderness wandering? How can we strive against this attitude?
2. Read Philippians 2:19-20. What are some of the reasons the Apostle Paul singles out Timothy and Epaphroditus as examples of godliness? What does Paul admire about each of them?
3. What do we learn about Timothy in Acts 16:1-5; 1 Timothy 4:11; and 2 Timothy 1:1-7?
4. Why do you think Paul mentions Epaphroditus’ illness in Philippians 2:27?
5. Who are some Christians that you admire, who have influenced your faith? Why do you admire them?
6. In preparation for next week, read Philippians 3:1-11? What did Paul consider “gain” before he knew Christ (v. 7)? What did he consider “gain” after Christ made himself known to him (vv. 9-11)?