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Family Devotional Guide - 2/25/24

This week’s Family Devotional Guide is based on the Scripture reading from Sunday, Philippians 4:4-9.

 

Day 1

  • Scripture: Philippians 4:4-5

  • Discussion: In this passage, Paul issues two important commands. The first command is to “rejoice in the Lord,” and he emphasizes it by repeating the word “rejoice.” What does it mean to rejoice? Note that Paul had just encouraged two ladies who had a disagreement to reconcile with each other. How does unity and disunity impact our ability to rejoice in the Lord? How might rejoicing in the Lord impact our daily lives (and not just our Sunday morning worship gathering)? In addition to rejoicing, Paul issues a passive command to “let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” What does it mean to be reasonable? How might we display this attribute in our daily lives? How might not being reasonable impact our relationships with others?

  • Song: “To God Be the Glory” by Fanny J. Crosby & William H. Doane

 

Day 2

  • Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7

  • Discussion: Paul gives a couple more commands in this passage. First, he tells us “Do not be anxious.” Why are we tempted to be anxious? What does this tell us about ourselves? What does this reveal about our view of God? Second, Paul gives us the antidote to worry: prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving. How might Paul distinguish the related words of “prayer” and “supplication”? How can we be more thankful as we pray and lift up our requests to God? How can we replace worry with prayer more consistently? Paul then gives the result—peace! Spend some time thanking the Lord for the peace that only He can give.

  • Song: “Our God” by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman

 

Day 3

  • Scripture: Philippians 4:8-9

  • Discussion: Paul ends this passage by focusing on our thought life. Discuss the different adjectives Paul mentions in verse 8 and what each word means (i.e. true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, praiseworthy). Finally, Paul tells the church at Philippi to practice the things they have learned, received, and heard from him. Why is it important to put into practice the things we are taught concerning the Christian life? Ask the Lord to show you someone you can help teach and disciple.

  • Song: “Cornerstone” by Edward Mote, Eric Lijero, Jonas Myrin, Rebuen Morgan & William B. Bradbury


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