Jubilee Evangelical Church
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked... For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.
Psalm 84

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians


October 4, 2020


Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

Philippians 1:1-26

My Sermon Notes from October 5, 2020 Full Text:

腓立比書 Philippians 1:1-26

1 基督耶穌的僕人保羅和提摩太,寫信給凡住腓立比,在基督耶穌裡的眾聖徒和諸位監督、諸位執事。 2 願恩惠、平安從神我們的父並主耶穌基督歸於你們! 3 我每逢想念你們,就感謝我的神; 4 每逢為你們眾人祈求的時候,常是歡歡喜喜地祈求。 5 因為從頭一天直到如今,你們是同心合意地興旺福音。 6 我深信那在你們心裡動了善工的必成全這工,直到耶穌基督的日子。 7 我為你們眾人有這樣的意念原是應當的,因你們常在我心裡,無論我是在捆鎖之中,是辯明證實福音的時候,你們都與我一同得恩。 8 我體會基督耶穌的心腸,切切地想念你們眾人,這是神可以給我作見證的。 9 我所禱告的,就是要你們的愛心在知識和各樣見識上多而又多, 10 使你們能分別是非,做誠實無過的人,直到基督的日子; 11 並靠著耶穌基督結滿了仁義的果子,叫榮耀稱讚歸於神。 12 弟兄們,我願意你們知道,我所遭遇的事更是叫福音興旺, 13 以致我受的捆鎖在御營全軍和其餘的人中,已經顯明是為基督的緣故; 14 並且那在主裡的弟兄,多半因我受的捆鎖就篤信不疑,越發放膽傳神的道,無所懼怕。 15 有的傳基督是出於嫉妒紛爭,也有的是出於好意。 16 這一等是出於愛心,知道我是為辯明福音設立的; 17 那一等傳基督是出於結黨,並不誠實,意思要加增我捆鎖的苦楚。 18 這有何妨呢?或是假意,或是真心,無論怎樣,基督究竟被傳開了。為此我就歡喜,並且還要歡喜。 19 因為我知道,這事藉著你們的祈禱和耶穌基督之靈的幫助,終必叫我得救。 20 照著我所切慕、所盼望的,沒有一事叫我羞愧,只要凡事放膽,無論是生是死,總叫基督在我身上照常顯大。 21 因我活著就是基督,我死了就有益處。 22 但我在肉身活著,若成就我工夫的果子,我就不知道該挑選什麼。 23 我正在兩難之間,情願離世與基督同在,因為這是好得無比的; 24 然而我在肉身活著,為你們更是要緊的。 25 我既然這樣深信,就知道仍要住在世間,且與你們眾人同住,使你們在所信的道上又長進又喜樂, 26 叫你們在基督耶穌裡的歡樂因我再到你們那裡去,就越發加增。

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. 12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. 15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Discussion Questions:

1. How can I rejoice in sharing the gospel and show appreciation for those who partner with us?
2. How can my love grow more and more in discernment?
3. How can I exalt and put Christ first in my life?