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March 24 - Praying for Fellow Christians (Philippians 1:3-11)

Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.

Worship Songs

Come People Of The Risen King
O Worship The King
The Lord Is
O Church Arise
O Great God

Adult Education

Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on the Old Testament: History of Israel. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.

Philippians 1:3-11

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Summary

As we have a special focus on prayer & fasting this year in the life of our church, we turn to Paul’s prayer for the saints in Philippi. We learn not only what we should pray for fellow Christians but what emotional posture should accompany those prayers. Paul overflows with thanksgiving, joy, and confidence. His deep affection for the Philippian church is on full display and he prays for their growth in love, wisdom, and holiness “to the glory and praise of God.”

Review and Apply

Who has undeniably been a source of spiritual encouragement to you? Have you thanked God for them? Have you told them so? 

How is it possible to be thankful and joyous while sitting in a Roman prison?

What is the basis for Christian assurance? How can we be sure "the day of Jesus Christ" will be a good day for us?

If your love for fellow Christians were to “abound more and more,” what would that look like in your life? Where do you need to grow? How might you need to repent?

If your own prayers from the past month were written out, what would they reveal?