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Defeating Discouragement

  1. When were you faced with seemingly insurmountable problems and able to see the good through God’s hand at work?
  Read Philippians 1:12-18
  1. How would you describe Paul’s mood throughout this passage?
 
  1. In what ways had Paul’s imprisonment helped the gospel on its way?
 
  1. Why did Paul’s imprisonment have such a positive effect on the Christians in Ephesus (where Paul was imprisoned)?
 
  1. What are some ways that Christ could be proclaimed out of “envy and rivalry” these days and what can we learn from Paul’s response?
 
  1. What can we learn from Paul when we find our plans don’t work out the way we envisioned?
  Read Philippians 1:18-30
  1. Paul struggles with whether it would be better to die in custody or to be released and live. What are the advantages for Paul in either outcome?
 
  1. How can Paul’s attitude serve as a model for us in times of waiting?
 
  1. What is one circumstance right now in which you need to maintain your belief and hope in the midst of troubling feelings?
 
  1. What are some circumstances in your life in which God has proved Himself faithful regardless of how you felt?