Worried About Your Circumstances? A Christian Perspective


Bob Manry

How can you serve God in any Circumstance?

Philippians’ Worry Over Paul’s Imprisonment

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians’ Worry Over Paul’s Rivals

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians’ Worry Over Paul’s Possible Death

Philippians 1:19-26

study questions:

1. Read Philippians 1:12-14 and 4:21-22. Paul is in prison in Rome and the Philippians are worried and wonder why the Lord allowed this. List all the reasons you can find that God has used Paul’s circumstances for good. What is the lesson we should learn from this? Have you ever had something happen that seemed bad but turned out to be a blessing from the Lord?

2. Read Philippians 1:15-18. What seems to be the problem Paul is describing? How does Paul feel about this? Can you think of situations where people are serving the Lord with poor motives and yet are still doing a good job promoting the gospel? Can you think of several poor motives that crop up in your life when you serve the Lord? What can you do about this?

3. Read Philippians 1:19-26. Try to explain Paul’s feelings regarding his imprisonment, possible death sentence and possible release to return to serve the Lord. Explain how Paul feels about dying. Are you in some type of circumstance now you would like to change but the Lord might want you to remain there for the time being? If so, what should your attitude be?

4. Read Philippians 1:27-30. Try to explain what it means to “conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Try and think of the changes you need to make in your life in order to make that happen. If you did this, in what ways would your life look different?