Ice Breaker: Share an example of when someone acted in your best interest, but is wasn’t easy or comfortable for you to receive.
The verses from the sermon, Philippians 1:9-11, show Paul praying for and desiring what was best for his friends in Philippi. Imitating his prayer and desire is the focus of this study.
Incomplete/False Ways of Loving
The sermon included these four ways that we might think we are loving another, but these ways prove to be incomplete and/or false.
1. Incomplete Love: Caring for physical needs only.
2. Incomplete Love: Minimizing or ignoring another’s lifestyle.
3. False Love: Ignoring conflict with others and tolerating “false peace.”
4. False Love: Participating with or inviting others into sin.
What is Best for Them?
READ Philippians 1:8-11.
READ Colossians 1:9-11.
How do your lists from Paul’s prayers compare to what our culture thinks is best for one’s life? What priorities and aims does our culture pursue as most significant?
Why are Paul’s desires for those he loves superior to the cultures priorities?
Think specifically of two people that you are responsible for loving. Do you desire God’s version of “best” for them? How can you work in relationship to them to help them pursue God’s best?
Paul reminds the church that these virtues and grace come “through Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:11), and they should be done for the glory of God.