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Philippians 4:1-9 – Harmony and Peace

Kevin Finkenbinder

Philippians 4:1-9 – Harmony and Peace

Philippians 4:1

Whenever you see “Therefore” you need to ask what Therefore is there for.  In this case, it refers to our citizenship in heaven and eagerly awaiting Christ.

  1. How do we use our hope of heaven to stand firm in the Lord?
  2. What Christian could you write to saying, “Who I long to see”?
  3. Why does Paul call the Philippians his joy and crown? Who are your joy and crown?

Philippians 4:2-3

Apparently Euodia and Syntyche had some long standing disagreements.

  1. When you see disagreements among believers, should you ignore the problem or encourage reconciliation?
  2. How can you encourage reconciliation?
  3. How does Paul’s statement in verse 3 help in reconciling believers?

Philippians 4:4-6

  1. What 4 commands does Paul give in verses 4-6?
    Let your ___________ _________
    Be _______ for ________
    In ____________ let your ________ be known.
  2. What are you rejoicing about right now?
  3. What can you rejoice about that would make the world confused?
  4. How are prayer, supplication and thanksgiving different? How are they related?

Philippians 4:7

  1. What does the Bible promise in exchange for following Paul’s 4 commands?
  2. How does peace guard your hearts and minds?

Philippians 4:8-9

When someone says “finally” it usually means that they are wanting to emphasize that this is the culmination and highlight of many arguments.

  1. What is the attitude that Paul emphasizes in verse 8?
  2. How do these things differ from each other? How are they similar
    1. True vs. Right
    2. Honorable vs. Pure
    3. Lovely vs. Excellence
    4. Good Repute vs. Worthy of Praise
  3. What does it mean to “dwell on these things”?
  4. How does Paul say we can have the peace of God with us?