Paul rejoices that they are now able to help him.
- Is Paul glad because he needs the help? If not, why is he glad?
Paul indicates that they have “revived your concern”. Sometimes we are not able to help when a person initially needs help?
- Why do we tend to lose our concern when we can’t help?
- What does it take to revive your concern for someone or something?
- What does it mean to be content?
Paul has lived in poverty and riches, both physically and spiritually.
- What do you think is Paul’s secret of surviving in poverty and riches?
- How have you heard people misuse verse 13?
- Since verse 13 is linked to verse 12, how does it change your interpretation of verse 13?
- What does Paul mean by “nevertheless”?
- How does Paul use the history of their giving, as an encouragement or as a manipulation?
- Why does Paul want them to give now?
- How does giving profit the giver?
- Paul was still in need financially, so why did he say he is amply supplied?
Read Ephesians 5:2, and compare the phrases to this verse.
- What do the common phrases between this verse and Ephesians 5:2 tell us about the importance of supplying the needs of ministers and other believers?
- Why and how does God supply our needs?
- Does God promise to supply our wants?
- What is the difference between a want and a need in God’s economy?
Many Bible translators connect verse 20 with the conclusion of the letter, but it could just as well be part of the previous paragraph.
- How does the meaning of verse 20 change if you connect it with verse 20? In other words, how does God’s generosity connect to his eternal glory?
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren 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.” (Php 4:10-23 NAS95)
- How does greeting the saints convey God’s grace?
- How is applying God’s grace to your spirit a different emphasis on God’s grace?