NextLevel Online: Philippians

Session 1: Where We’re Going (1:1-11)

Philippians is a call to cruciformity. In the first session, Paul starts with the Gospel. He talks about grace and peace and how the gospel changes people.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts

  • Philippians is a call to cruciformity

  • What do we find in 1:1-11?

    • On the one hand, nothing spectacular here…

    • On the other hand, hints of what’s to come…

Paul Starts with the Gospel

  • “Grace and peace” – the gospel in brief

  • The gospel changes people…

    • Love

    • Wisdom / Knowledge

    • Joy

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • Why do you want to study Philippians? What are you hoping to receive from this?

  • What about Philippians 1:1-11 confirms what you know about Paul? Anything surprise you? If you’re new to this, what do we learn about this person from these few verses?

  • How would you define the “the gospel”? What does Paul not include here that is important? How does what Paul says here sharpen (or correct) what you would say?

  • Do you believe the gospel changes people? Why or why not?

  • Which of the three changes mentioned here are most desirable to you? Why?

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.