Philippians 1 & 2 (DBS)

Today, I am going to share with y’all what I learned from my Discovery Bible Study over Philippians 1:3-11. This is a super simple method that works for any portion of Scripture and is meant for you to learn to hear from God for yourself. No commentary or study notes needed. The Holy Spirit is the best Teacher (John 14:26) and He WILL teach each one of us when we spend time studying His Word and seeking to apply it to our lives.

I’ll first explain this study method and then jump right into what I’ve gotten out of my personal Bible study time yesterday and today in this small but powerful epistle from the Apostle Paul. So, for the Discovery Bible Study method (DBS), you read the text (typically a whole chapter, maybe even the whole book if it’s small and you need the full context), allow the Holy Spirit to prompt you to zero in on a portion that speaks to you, write out those verses verbatim, write them again in your own words, then answer these 4 questions: What did I learn about God in these verses? What did I learn about man? How can I obey this portion of Scripture/apply it to my life? And who can I tell what I’ve learned here today? This is an action-based Bible study method that requires putting what you’ve learned into practice, which we are all about! So we really like this tool for studying God’s Word.

Anywho, now I will share with y’all my takeaway from Philippians 1 and 2. I chose verses 3-11 from chapter one and this is my study:

3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In every prayer for all of you, I always pray with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me. 8God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to test and prove what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Verses 3-11 in my own words:

Paul was constantly thanking God for and interceding on behalf of these Philippian believers. They brought him great joy as co-laborers of Christ and the Gospel. They were faithful and Paul had great assurance that God would continue His good work in them until Christ’s return. Paul desperately wanted to see their continued growth, no matter what.

What I learned about God here: He’s thank-worthy, we can pray to Him about everything, HE begins and finishes His good work in us-all the way to the end-until Christ’s return, God’s favor is on His children, He knows our love and allows us to grow in every way, He produces righteous character in us and it brings Him glory and praise.

What I learned about man: (believers)-we should be thankful, joyful people, faithful in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Christ, confident in God’s work in us and others and the fact that He WILL finish it and that Jesus IS returning. We are called to love greatly and understand the favor of God and the honor and privilege we have as His children. We should have great compassion and overflowing love, always be growing in knowledge and understanding and what truly matters. We should live pure and blameless lives until Jesus comes back. We should always be filled with the fruit of our salvation-righteous character produced by Christ.

What do I need to do to obey/apply this to my life? Get back to praying regularly and consistently for brothers and sisters-that we would ALL live pure and blameless lives, keeping ourselves unspotted from the world and keep our lamps full of oil until Jesus returns…because He IS coming soon!!!

Who can I tell what I learned here? The world! On Joanie’s show, here on the blog, on all platforms, and of course in person to anyone I’m given the opportunity to do so.

So there you have it. Super simple and prompted to action! I actually did share it on all of those platforms that I planned to, too! Sometimes the Lord will prompt me with a specific person to share with and in that case, I’ll write down their name and will be looking for and open door to talk to them about it. So studying God’s Word in this manner moves us to do something with it. I love it. Faith in action. Salt and light.

Now, here is my takeaway from chapter 2 of Philippians. I chose verses 12-18. Here we go:

12Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose. 14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation,b in which you shine as lights in the world 16as you hold forth the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

In my own words: Paul was emphasizing the importance of these brothers and sisters following what he’d taught them-especially in his absence-to work hard growing in Christ, with fear and deep reverence to God. He reminded them that it was God at work in them, supplying the power needed to do His will. He told them not to complain or argue but rather to live clean, innocent lives-keeping their testimony pure for Christ-shining brightly for Him in a dark world, holding firmly to God’s Word until Christ returns. Paul wanted His work and theirs for God’s Kingdom to matter-to lay down/offer up their very lives in service to God and be joyful about all that it entailed.

What I learned about God here: He deserves our obedience, deep reverence, and fear. He works in us and gives us the power and desire to do what pleases Him. He is our Father. He is coming back (Christ).

What I learned about man: (believers)-We are workers for and with Christ, we’re to work hard to show our salvation and sanctification-obeying God with deep reverence and fear. We should have the desire and power to please God (as He provides it for us). We are naturally complainers and arguers but shouldn’t be once in Christ. We can and should now live clean, innocent, pure lives in a world of people who don’t. Our life should matter and produce good fruit. We are to be an offering to God.

How can I obey/apply this to my life? By making my life matter for Christ. Being the light in the darkness that He’s called me to be. Keeping myself pure and blameless, living fully for Christ. By not complaining or arguing with others.

Who can I tell what I’ve learned? Our friends we are meeting with tonight and you who are reading this blog post. 🙂

So there ya go. This is what was on my heart with my studies in Philippians yesterday and today. Maybe tomorrow or the next day, I’ll finish out the rest of the little book in another blog post to share with y’all. I hope someone gets something out of it. God’s Word is such a powerful tool for us and it can’t help but produce change in us if we are spending time in it, learning what God wants from and for us. Be blessed, my brothers and sisters, as you read it, meditate on it, and emerge like a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly…that’s the power of our God and His Word. He is coming again and soon…and we have much work to do for His Kingdom as we shine His light in the dark. Amen and amen.

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