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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

CHALLENGING THE BRETHREN   Philippians 1:27-30             Print this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** In our study together last week we learned that we could be bold for Christ without any consideration of life and/or death. How does our boldness correspond to that fact that we are "Dependent on the Brethren"

1. Our life is supported by prayer. (V.19)
2. Christ should always be exalted in my body, whether by life or death. (V.20)
3. To live is Christ. (V.21)
4. To die is gain. (V.21)
5. My boldness can produce progress and joy in the faith for other believers. (V.25)

** Did anyone have the opportunity to be bold in their faith this past week?

Sometimes our boldness can only be read by the Lord. He knows the level of our commitment and devotion to His truth, even when we do not have a specific opportunity to share with others, God knows what is in our hearts. cf. 1Samuel 16:7

MOTIVATE

** Today we will see that our circumstances can actually be used by God to increase our boldness for
Him. In this first chapter of Paul's letter to the Philippians we have seen that our joy is manifested as we are; "Thankful for the Brethren", "Longing for the Brethren", "Encouraging the Brethren" and "Dependent on the Brethren". That joy can become extremely bold as it is challenged by the furnace of testing provided by God through our circumstances.

As the apostle closes out this first chapter, he is going to be "Challenging the Brethren" by showing the relationship between their conduct and their God ordained circumstances. Let's learn together how this all relates to us today and the impact it should have on our daily conduct or walk with the Lord.

Read passage (V.27-28) (V.29-30)

Opening Prayer

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