Philippians 4:10-23 (ESV)
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
- How have the Philippians renewed their concern for Apostle Paul? Who are the people in my life that I ought to renew my concern for? What are some ways that I can concretely show my concern for them?
- What was Apostle Paul’s secret to being content in every situation?
- Why would God consider the Philippians’ gifts to Apostle Paul as “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God”? How can I be storing up treasures in the “account” that’s being held by God (cf. Matthew 6:20, 19:21)?
- What does Apostle Paul mean when he says that God will meet all of our needs, given the fact that he was no stranger to “hunger”, “need,” and “troubles”? How does God meet my needs when I am experiencing hardship and difficulties in my life?