Would you like to personally consider Philippians in bite-sized chunks? While we experience the sermon series “Building a Philippian Church” on Sunday mornings, you can work through Philippians during the week. God wants us to study Scripture not only so that we know it, but so that we can live it.
Paul’s letter to the Philippian church is a very livable letter. He writes things such as, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Phil. 3:8a). There are parts of Paul’s letter to the Philippians that you might want to slow down and camp on for a while.
When the weather begins to turn to spring, I begin wanting to go camping with my family. I would rather be out at Inks Lake where time seems to slow down, and I can enjoy those three blessings God gave me: Meaghen, Hannah, and Tess.
I think studying Scripture can be the same kind of experience with God. For instance, a great place to set up your tent and stay for a while may be on Philippians 2:3-11. What would stand out to you in the text? How does it apply to your life? What is God teaching you through it? The only way such questions can be answered is to prayerfully and slowly read through it. Here are seven tips to studying God’s Word:
- Choose a text that forms a complete thought from the author.
- Consider who is writing, when he is writing, and to whom he is writing? Some study Bibles elaborate on such details at the beginning of each book.
- Read through the text prayerfully and slowly. Try to understand it.
- Read the sections surrounding your text which also form complete thoughts from the author.
- Consider what the author is trying to convey to the readers? Is there a spiritual, theological, or ethical
- Search for other passages of Scripture that speak to this theme? Can you think of a song that sings about this theme?
- Ask, what is God calling me to be or do with this text? Pick out your favorite part of the text and try to memorize it.
This is a great opportunity to take the next few weeks and slowly consider Philippians. You can talk about what you are reading with your friends or even use it as a family or couple’s devotional.
PHILIPPIANS READING PLAN
FEB 26-MAR 4
MAR 26-APR 1
APR 30-MAY 6