Study Guide


Philippians - Week 2

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Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12

As we reflect on Philippians 1:12, let’s anchor ourselves in 3 key words/phrases: HAS HAPPENED, ADVANCE, GOSPEL.

HAS HAPPENED: Take a minute to think about the phrase “has happened.” 

  • Often times major events that significantly impact our lives become markers of time in which we refer to as “before” the event and “after” the event.  Consider one or two of these events. 

    *Resist thinking that these defining events have to be HUGE in the eyes of other people - what is significant to you and changed you is all that matters.

ADVANCED: Take a minute to think about the word advanced.

  • What kinds of things “advance” When do we use the phrase “to advance?”
  • What does it mean to advance the gospel? What would you consider “proof” that the gospel has been advanced?

GOSPEL:  Take a minute to think about the word gospel.

Gospel means “good news.” Think back to the significant event from your life you were thinking about at the beginning of this reflection.

  • What would/did it mean for God to have victory over that circumstance?
  • What work would you like God to do in your heart? What work has he done in your heart to advance the gospel?


Our driving question for Community Groups this week is, “What do I need to know or understand about how God can use my chains for His good purpose so that I can align my thinking with God’s bigger plan and God has space to do His work?”

Read Acts 28:14-21. Many scholars believe that this account of Paul’s imprisonment is when he wrote the letter to Philippians. 

  • What were the terms of Paul’s imprisonment? Why was Paul in chains?
  • Why do you think it was important for Paul to talk about his imprisonment to the church in Philippi? What lesson or truth was Paul communicating to the Philippians in sharing his struggle?
  • What does Paul say that demonstrates his belief that what happened to him will advance the gospel?
  • It has been said that, “Faith is an interpretation of a situation that sees progress even in pain.” Is there a situation in your life that you can apply this truth?

    Take a minute in your group to write down, pray, or discuss what progress in pain might look like. OR, can you share a time when you saw God make progress in your pain? What did that look like? How did God move?
  • In your current circumstance, how can you “let people see your faith?” 


For this week, consider memorizing Philippians 1:12 individually. There are many ways that someone can memorize a verse. You will find two different ways listed below. Feel free to choose one ... or both!

In addition, we encourage you to check out Daily StepsDaily Steps is a new devotional guide designed as a companion to our weekly study guide, but it’s focused on an individual's journey, rather than group study and discussion.


MEMORY VERSE: Learn Through Repetition

 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12

Say this verse 3 times each day:

▢  ▢  ▢  Monday
▢  ▢  ▢  Tuesday
▢  ▢  ▢  Wednesday
▢  ▢  ▢  Thursday
▢  ▢  ▢  Friday

Use the following template to fill in the blanks:

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what _____   _____________________ to me has really served to _______________ the ___________. Philippians 1:12

______ I ___________ you to know, brothers, that what _____   _____________________ to _____ has really _________________ to _______________ the ___________. ___________________ __:12

______ I ___________ you to know, _______________, that ______ _____   _____________________ to _____ has _______ _________________ to _______________ the ___________. ___________________ ___:12

______ __ ___________ you ___ know, _______________, that ______ _____   _____________________ to _____ _____ _______ _________________ _____ _______________ the ___________. ___________________ ___:___

______ __ ___________ ____ ____ _______, _______________, ______ ______ _____   _____________________ ___ _____ _____ _______ _________________ _____ _______________ ___ ___________. ___________________ ___:___


After each weekend sermon, our pastors and various church leaders, will sit down and have a 15-20 minute discussion around the weekend's sermon. Search for "CF Beyond Sunday" wherever you listen to podcasts, or watch on YouTube by tapping the button below. FYI - This week's episode will be #52 and will go live on Sunday night, March 1. 



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