For further thought and discussion:
1.What was helpful to you in this week’s sermon? What didn’t you understand?
2.Scripture says, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When have you found that to be true in your own life? Share an experience where you truly enjoyed being generous.
3.Paul says that the Philippians had entered into a relationship of “giving and receiving” with him (v. 15). Later, he says that he has “received full payment” from them (v. 18). What is Paul communicating about the nature of his relationship with them? In what sense is this relationship contractual? How is it more than contractual? How does the gospel motivate us to give faithfully?
4.Paul says, “All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.” (v. 22) Who are “those of Caesar’s household?” Why is this statement significant? How does the gospel motivate us to give strategically? What does strategic giving look like?
5.Paul says that the Philippians offering is, “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.” (v. 18) What Old Testament imagery does Paul employ here (see Numbers 15:3)? What makes our sacrifices pleasing to God (see Psalm 51:16-17)? How did the gospel motivate the Philippians to give joyfully (see 2 Corinthians 8:1-5)? Why does the gospel motivate joyful generosity?
6.Paul is grateful for the Philippians’ gift, not because of how it benefits him, but them (see v. 17b). How does giving benefit the Philippians? What promise does Paul make to the Philippians (see v. 19)? How will God supply all of the Philippians needs? How does God bless us when we give? How does this motivate you to give more?
7.Gospel giving is faithful, impactful, joyful and fruitful. Which of these is most significant to you right now? Why? How do you want to be more generous? Share your response with the group.
8.What’s one thing you can do this week to apply this passage.