NextLevel Online: Philippians

Session 2: Hardships in Gospel Perspective (1:12-30)

Philippians 1:12-30 changes our perspective on hardships.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Setting the (Historical) Context

  • Paul’s Situation –

  • Life (as a Christian) in Philippi –

    • Strategic Location

    • Patriotic Spirit

    • Persecution?

Philippians 1:12-30

  • The gospel changes our perspective on hardships.

    • Paul seems fine. Why?

    • If the gospel is doing well…

      • Because the gospel is about…

      • And Jesus brings…

  • Paul invites the Philippians to…

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • What in your life could you genuinely complain about right now?

  • What are some of the obstacles Paul is currently facing? What is his attitude toward these things? What enables him to see things as he does?

  • What all do you think is meant by “to live is Christ and to die is gain”? Could you say that? Why or why not?

  • What would it take for you to become capable of not only accepting but rejoicing in suffering?

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.