Contented or complaining?
What’s the key to joy?
How do I handle anxiety?
Stress. Anxiety. Fear. Pain. . . .
Joy. Humility. Contentment. . . . REALLY?
Philippians is a favorite book of the Bible for teens of all ages—great for those who don’t know the Lord and treasured by those who’ve walked with him since they were young. Take your students on a journey through Philippians and equip them to “shine as lights in the world,” to “hold fast to the word of life,” and “count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This is an excellent study for all teens, including middle and high school students. The first six sessions focus on learning Bible study skills while learning life-changing truths. You will never read the Bible the same way again!
Sessions in this Study
UNIT 1: Learning Bible Truths and Study Skills (6 weeks)
Q. Who were these people in Philippi anyway?
A. They were a diverse mix of people including a businesswoman, a slave girl, and a jailer—all who became believers in Jesus through Paul’s ministry.
Scripture: Acts 16, various passages in Philippians
Truth: Partnership in the Gospel / Skill: Historical Context
Q. How does observation help me understand Scripture?
A. Outlining a chapter of the Bible gives greater understanding of an author’s meaning, which leads to deeper discovery of God’s truth.
Scripture: Philippians 1
Truth: Praying Scripture / Skill: Observation through Outline
Q. How does exploring the life of Paul give more insight into his letter?
A. Learning more about an author’s background gives weight and context to his message.
Scripture: Philippians 1:12–30
Truth: “To live is Christ; to die is gain” / Skill: Author Background
Q. A concordance—huh, what’s that?
A. A concordance lists words and Scripture references, enabling me to do a word study, which enhances my understanding of the Bible.
Scripture: Various passages in Philippians
Truth: Joy in All Circumstances / Skill: Word Study Using Concordance
Q. What’s the main point of studying the Bible?
A. The Bible helps me understand and believe that God saves his people from sin through the life, death, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus.
Scripture: Philippians 2:1–11
Truth: Person and Work of Christ / Skill: Discovering Main Theme
Q. How can I interpret unusual phrases and figurative speech in the Bible?
A. Interpreting the Bible includes comparing Scripture with Scripture and analyzing its language styles.
Scripture: Philippians 2:12–30
Truth: Shine as Lights / Skill: Comparing Scripture with Scripture
UNIT 2: Applying Bible Truths and Study Skills (7 weeks)
Q. Can our good works make us right with God?
A. No, righteousness—right standing with God—is a gift from God and is received only through faith in Christ, not through any of our good works.
Scripture: Philippians 3:1–11
Truth: Justification by Faith
Q. How is my Christian life like a race?
A. It requires perseverance to the finish line. Don’t quit; keep running to the end, drawing on your power source—Christ in you—and growing in spiritual maturity.
Scripture: Philippians 3:7–4:1
Truth: Union with Christ
Q. Justification, sanctification, glorification—what difference do these make?
A. These big truths help me persevere: I know that my salvation depends on Christ alone, my growth is powered by the Holy Spirit, and my body will be raised from the dead.
Scripture: Philippians 3:3–21
Truth: Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification
Q. Why is it important to stand firm in Christ?
A. So we can grow in resolving conflicts, experiencing joy, replacing anxiety with prayer and thanksgiving, and controlling our thought life.
Scripture: Philippians 4:1–9
Truth: Standing Firm in Christ
Q. How can I learn to be content in both good and bad times?
A. By understanding that God is in control and uses both my strengths and weaknesses, I can learn to be satisfied with what he’s doing in my life.
Scripture: Philippians 4:10–13
Q. Can I really afford to give generously to others?
A. Yes, I can give freely and abundantly because I trust God as my Provider.
Scripture: Philippians 4:14–23
Truth: Generosity and God’s Provision
Q. What is Paul’s letter to the Philippians all about?
A. Paul wrote to encourage us to grow in Christ and follow Christ’s example of joyful, humble service to God and others.
Scripture: Various passages in Philippians