Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
- Review Philippians 1:21–26. According to these verses, what is Paul’s struggle, and what is he “convinced of” in verse 25?
- Notice that Paul says that he will “remain and continue” with the church. What is the difference between remaining and continuing, and what could remaining and continuing look like for you in your church?
- In verse 25, Paul says that he will “remain and continue with you all“. What reason does he give for “remaining” in the second half of the verse? Who does this benefit?
- Look closer at verse 25. How would Paul remaining increase their progress in the faith? their joy in the faith? Have there been people in your life that have added to your progress and joy in the faith? Thank God for those people.
- Look back at verse 22 and recall Paul mentioning his “fruitful labor”. Verse 25 helps to describe this fruit as the “progress and joy in the faith” of his fellow believers. Why is it important to focus on progress AND joy in the faith? Pray that it will increase!
- In verse 26, Paul explains the purpose of his “fruitful labor” as giving fellow believers “ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus”. What would it look like for you and your family to help others glory in Christ Jesus? Pray today that you will have fruitful labor as an individual and as a family.
- Read verses 24-26 again. Who can you help in their “progress and joy in the faith” so they “may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus”? Make a plan.