I don’t write letters anymore. You probably don’t either. These days snail mail is only useful for formal invitations, bills, and advertisers. But news or information? Email. I even send my thank you cards electronically. Except to my mother. This change isn’t necessarily bad; speedy communication can be very helpful. But while it is a useful tool for “getting stuff done,” I sometimes wonder if I lose track of the person I am addressing. Task and relationship end up getting split apart instead of staying connected.
This week we start into our first section of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Philippians 1:1-11. As Paul opens his letter, I am immediately struck by the fact that relationship comes first for him. Business can wait. I have a lot to learn here, even from the opening verses.
Plan for the Week
Let me outline our plan for the week. I am not going to tell you what time of day to study your Bible or how many days a week to do it. You can figure that part out. But we are going to:
- Use the “Feeding on Christ Daily Worksheet” which you will find under “Resources” at the top of the page.
- Use this worksheet as a weekly rather than a daily plan. You can use one question per day if you like (there are 7).
- We will also take the 7 questions, one per week, as our blog “discussion question” for the week. This will help us practice one skill at a time.
- Leave the door open for other questions or comments that you may want to share
Discussion question for the week: What’s going on here?
Here’s the expanded version: Who are the characters? What does the word saint mean? overseers? deacons? When–are there any time cues in this passage? Where–are there any location cues? How does Paul feel about them? Out of all the possible things he could have said, what did he choose to say?
Feel free to post responses to any of these questions. You can also follow up with a question of your own. And don’t wait for me to answer…jump in and discuss if you have something to say, even, “I was just thinking the same thing…”
The Philippians Study is currently Archived, but the Feeding on Christ worksheet is still available here.