Philippians 4:10-23

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Philippians 4:10-23 Cross-References and Questions

Outline:

I. The Philippians’ made good on their new opportunities to help Paul financially (10)

II. Paul had learned to be content in all situations through Christ (11-13)

III. The Philippians had supported Paul many times and blessed by the Lord for it (14-19)

IV. Benediction and greetings (20-23)

I. The Philippians’ made good on their new opportunities to help Paul financially (10)

Discussion Questions:

Why was Paul rejoicing? Why in the Lord?

What does he mean that they had revived their concern for him?

Why had there been a lull in their giving to Paul? Is that a good reason not to give? Knowing the Phps, what had they probably done during this lull?

II. Paul had learned to be content in all situations through Christ (11-13)

What was Paul’s motivation for bringing this up with them NOT?

What was Paul’s motivation for bringing this up with them?

Are you content? Can you give any example where perhaps you were recently or any time you can remember not content (one by one)? Why?

Was Paul content because circumstances were favorable? What kind of unfavorable circumstances did he endure?

What is the root cause of discontent? What are opposites of contentment (envy, coveting, complaining, etc.)?

Does Paul teach that having a lot is not good?

What was the “secret” of Paul’s contentment?

What is the world’s solution when they are discontent? What are common areas of discontent?

Verse 13 is often pulled out of context as a sort of super man verse telling Christians we can do anything. Looking at it in context what can we learn about what Paul is really saying here?

Can you think of any examples in the Bible of believers who lacked what they needed and God provided for them? (Israel in the wilderness, Elijah…)

Cross-References – Verses on Contentment:

Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Isaiah 5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and keep yourselves from all covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
Luke 12:15 (ASV)

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
1 Timothy 6:6

III. The Philippians had supported Paul many times and blessed by the Lord for it (14-19)

Discussion Questions

In what way did the Phippians share with Paul in his affliction?

What distinction did the Phps have in verse 15? What does this tell us about them?

How many times had they given to Paul? Why? Shouldn’t Paul make money on his own?

Why was Paul so happy about their generosity?

How did their generosity profit them?

Who brought their latest gift? Who is Epaphroditus? Who else was pleased with their gift?

Does God also want us to give today? To whom or what? Why? When? How much? What are the most common reasons for not giving? Are these good reasons? What will happen to us if we give, but are on a very tight budget (19) How does God take care of our needs like this (maybe by other people that give to us when we need it)?

Cross-References

Proverbs 22:9

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

Proverbs 29:7

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

Matthew 6:3-43

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:19-21

19″Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Acts 10:22

He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Acts 20:35

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Ephesians 4:28

He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

1 Timothy 6:18

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give.
And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.
“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.””

2 Corinthians 9:7 1 Timothy 5:18 – A worker is worthy of his wages

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