Begin this session by reading Scripture and answering questions to reflect on the selected Bible verses.
The book of Philippians was a letter written by Paul while he was imprisoned and was certain his death was quickly approaching. This letter was meant to update his friends on his situation, and to thank them for their
help and faithful support.
Paul displayed a positive attitude throughout the book, not exhibiting fear or worry that may be expected.
Even through his imprisonment, Paul was filled with joy. Paul discovered a source of peace and joy that was more powerful than his immediate situation. He found his stability, strength, and contentment in the presence of Christ in his life. Through this, we now understand Paul’s declaration in Philippians 4:13.
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NIV
How would you respond if you were in Paul’s situation and were facing death in prison? Does his joy motivate you, perplex you, or frustrate you?
Humility means putting someone else’s interests ahead of yours. Knowing that, what does humility look like in your life? What would happen if people really lived their lives following this principle?
If you had to rate the level of your contentment in life from 1-10 (1 being not at all content and 10 being entirely content), what number would you give yourself? What discourages contentment in your life? How can contentment emerge from your walk with God?