Nearly everyone wants to be successful in what they do and teaching, often, is about seeing children succeed (and that can make us look good too). How does Paul define success? See the difference Jesus makes to our goals in Philippians 1:12-26.
Pray before you begin and read the passage (Philippians 1:12-26) together.
1. What is your experience of talking about God/the gospel with people who don’t believe? How do you feel about evangelism now?
2. What situation is Paul in as he writes and how did he get himself there? (v12-17)
3. What is Paul’s response to what is happening and why do you think he feels that way? (v18-20)
4. At the beginning of the passage, we see that Paul’s imprisonment is actually encouraging the believers! Why is that? (v12-16)
Paul was in prison and it wasn’t impossible that he would have to die for his faith. In talking about his situation, he explains the good that could come out of either. And this explanation reveals his deepest motivations.
5. What is Paul’s biggest aim in life? (v20-26)
Paul’s biggest aim affects how he feels about evangelism (he feels it is absolutely necessary!) and what he thinks success looks like (prison is okay as long as Jesus is being preached and getting the glory). And he wants the same, good life for the Philippians:
‘For your joy and progress in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will about on account of me’ (v25-26)
Have a look back through the passage and you will see that Christ is mentioned LOADS of times! It’s all about Jesus!
6. How does getting to know and worship Jesus more change how we feel about:
- being successful
- what our life goals are
- speaking about him with those who don’t believe
7. What can you praise God for and what do you want him to change in you?
Pray about these things