” …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.” (Philippians 1:6)

Discussion:

This verse comes from the beginning of Paul’s letter to the Philippians (people from the church in a city called Philippi). Paul was passionate about sharing the Gospel with people, and it landed him in prison where he wrote this letter. If you read Philippians 1:3-11, it’s obvious that Paul cares very much for these people and thinks of them as partners in his work.

 

Just like the Philippians, any of us who have placed our faith in Jesus as our savior are part of a process called sanctification. Sanctification means that we become more and more like God--it is the process of becoming holy! I don’t know about you, but most of the time, it feels like we’re pretty far from being holy like God. But through the Holy Spirit, God is actually working in us to make us more like Him! Sometimes that process can feel easy, but a lot of the time, it’s a challenge. Can you think of some of the ways God wants us to treat each other? Is it easy or hard to do those things? God wants us to treat each other in a way that honors Him. But remember what Paul said? "He who BEGAN a good work in you (that’s the work God begins in us the moment we are saved) will keep that work going until the day we meet Jesus in Heaven! That’s some pretty good news! We aren’t alone when we struggle to make right choices. God wants to help us become more complete and holy, just like Him. And once we get to Heaven, we WILL be complete, and free from all the things we struggle with here on Earth.

Memory check:

  • Who began a good work in us? (God, or more specifically, the Holy Spirit)

  • Is the good work done right away? How long will that work carry on? (until the day of Christ Jesus, or until we meet Jesus in Heaven)

  • Is it quick or easy to become holy like God? (No! It takes our whole lives and we need God's help!)

Check out these videos!

 

  1. Douglas Talks – How to be Saved https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz6nHd1q5p0

  2. Seeds Family Worship – Philippians 1:6 memory song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rOaT27nr0I

Ways to Memorize It:

  • Mix-it & Fix-it: Print and cut out (or write your own) the words of Philippians 1:6. Mix them up and see how fast you can put them back in order!

  • Make up your own song or rap for the verse to help you memorize Philippians 1:6.

  • Say the verse as slowly as you can, as quickly as you can, like a robot, like an opera singer, with an accent, like a sports commentator, and like royalty.  (That's seven times…and if you say it seven times a day for seven days, chances are you'll have a hard time forgetting this verse!)

  • Print and color this coloring sheet based on Philippians 1:6.

  • Make your own verse artwork by copying the verse in fun handwriting and with different colors!

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)

Discussion:

Does this verse catch you off guard? We don't usually think of death as a good thing--in fact, death happens because of sin in the world.  So why would Paul write "to die is gain"? Paul (the author of the book of Philippians) was writing from prison. Paul knew that he would eventually leave prison one way or another--either by being released or through his death. Read all of Philippians 1 to understand more!

 

When Paul says "to live is Christ" he is talking about being able to continue preaching the Gospel to people who have never heard it! As we read on in the book of Philippians, we will see that Paul has great joy and security in knowing Jesus. No matter what he had to suffer, he was willing to continue for as long as he lived.

 

When Paul says "to die is gain" he is reminding us of the great news that life on earth isn't actually the end for those who have faith in Jesus because we will live forever in Heaven! 

 

What do we gain when we're in Heaven? Can you think of anything?

Here are a few of the things the Bible tells us about Heaven, and there are plenty more!

  • There will be no more sorrow, pain, or death. (Revelation 21:4)

  • There is a place prepared for us (John 14) that we can't even imagine (1 Cor. 2:9).

  • We'll have eternal life. (John 3:16)

  • There will be no more night or need for a lamp or the sun because of the brightness of Jesus. (Rev 21:22-25, 22:1-5)

  • Heaven will be paradise. (Luke 23:43)

God gave us our lives, and He wants us to use them well! Do you remember last week's verse? God began working in those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus, and He will continue working in us for the rest of our lives! Even though our lives on earth will come to an end at some point, isn't it amazing to know that God has redeemed death--through Jesus' death and resurrection--and given us new and perfect life?

 

If you haven’t asked Jesus to be your savior and you'd like to know more, talk with your parents or one of our pastors or staff! We'd be glad to help you understand that God loves and wants a relationship with you that will last forever! 

 

Check out the videos below to learn more about new life with Christ!

Ways to Memorize It:

  • Mix-it & Fix-it: Print and cut out (or write your own) the words of Philippians 1:21. Mix them up and see how fast you can put them back in order!

  • Make up your own song or rap for the verse to help you memorize Philippians 1:21.

  • Say the verse as slowly as you can, as quickly as you can, like a robot, like an opera singer, with an accent, like a sports commentator, and like royalty.  (That's seven times…and if you say it seven times a day for seven days, chances are you'll have a hard time forgetting this verse!)

  • Print and color this coloring sheet based on Philippians 1:21.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2)

Hey adults and kids! This is a longer verse, but over the next few weeks, we’ll be learning consecutive verses from Philippians 2:1-12. If you really want to memorize these verses, try reading the entire passage out loud each day. If it sounds overwhelming, though, try just focusing on the last part of this passage: “Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”

 

Discussion:

What are some of the great things about knowing God? (Take some time to list things before reading on!) Paul lists a few of the things that are most important to him: encouragement, comfort, love, the presence of the Holy Spirit and the tenderness and compassion that comes from God.

 

The next thing Paul says is “make my joy complete.” If you’ve been following along with our sermon series, (“Resilient Joy”) you have probably picked up on the fact that Paul talks about joy all throughout the book of Philippians! Then, Paul continues with calling Christians to something called unity. Do you know what unity means? It means acting as one. Paul talks about being like-minded, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we all have the same favorite flavor of ice cream or like the same sports teams. It doesn’t even mean that we can’t have different opinions on much bigger and more serious topics. It DOES mean that we shouldn’t let our differences of opinion end our friendships. We are to love one another!

 

Are you ready for some sad news? Well, the truth is the Church (we’re using a capital “C” to describe the worldwide Church--all people who have a relationship with God no matter where they "go to church") isn’t very good at staying united. There are so many different churches in the world with different beliefs about God and the Bible and about how we should live. For the last two thousand years (since Jesus), Christians have been splitting up over their differences and starting different types of churches. Many of these divisions could probably have been avoided a long time ago if Christians on both sides of a problem focused on passages like Philippians 1:1-2. Even though we might not be able to bring all these churches back together, the good news is that there are plenty of things we can do to help heal and restore the Church. Can you think of any? Here are some ideas:

  • Listen and love people well…don't just worry about being heard or being right.

  • Focus on the most important things about Jesus and the Bible instead of arguing about smaller details in the Bible. (It's fine to talk about those things, too, but we have to make sure we spend most of our time on the main things and speak respectfully about it all.)

  • Love your church and the people in it. When you have a problem with someone, do everything you can to be kind, say you’re sorry, and forgive. Don’t leave your church family for another church because of a conflict without first doing whatever you can to stay united! 

  • Love our brothers and sisters in Christ that go to other churches and encourage them as they serve God and spread the good news of salvation through Jesus! Most people decide to have a relationship with God because of many different people telling them about Him, and that means that we’re all on the same team! Churches shouldn’t try to be like rival sports teams, they should try to act like good neighbors.

 

Whether we are loving or mean to other Christians, the rest of the world notices. When we choose to be loving and to work out our differences of opinion with compassion and kindness, we show the world why having Jesus in our lives makes a difference! And by the way, one day Jesus Himself will restore the Church! That will be a great day!
 

Stay tuned for next week because we’ll pick up right where we left off and learn even more about how to show love to others!

The video below is a song for the entire Philippians 2:1-11 passage. The wording is slightly different, but if you listen to this many times, it will help you learn the flow of the passage.

Ways to Memorize It:

  • Mix-it & Fix-it: Print and cut out (or write your own) the words of Philippians 2:1-2. Mix them up and see how fast you can put them back in order!

  • Make up your own song or rap for the verse to help you memorize Philippians 2:1-2. 

  • Listen to the song above over and over again! 

  • Say the verse as slowly as you can, as quickly as you can, like a robot, like an opera singer, with an accent, like a sports commentator, and like royalty.  (That's seven times…and if you say it seven times a day for seven days, chances are you'll have a hard time forgetting this verse!)

  • Print and color this coloring sheet or this maze about loving one another!

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

This verse of the week picks up right where we left off last week! Here’s the link if you want to practice Philippians 2:1-4 all together!

Discussion:

Last week we talked about living in unity with other Christians. This week, we are looking at some more things Paul (the author of Philippians) taught about living together well.

 

What do you think selfish ambition means? Selfish ambition is putting the things you want above the things other people need. Does avoiding selfish ambition mean that we can’t take care of our own needs? No! We are still responsible to take care of ourselves. But Paul reminds us that we need to also care for the interests of others. (“Interests” are things that people want.)

 

Let’s learn a little bit more about putting the needs of others above our own from our friend Douglas in the video below: 

Douglas mentioned that life is just better when we put the needs of others first. Why do you think that is? What are some of the ways life is better when we put others first?

 

Can you think of a time when someone put your needs above their own? What did that feel like?

 

What are some ways you can put others before yourself this week? Make sure to write them down and put them in a place that will remind you!

 

Ways to Memorize It:

  • Mix it & Fix It – write out the words on notecards, or print and cut out the words here. Mix them up and put them back in order!

  • Practice chanting the verse in different silly voices

  • Since we’re working on lots of verses from Philippians 2, we’re going to include lots of songs below for this verse. Songs are one of the best ways to memorize Bible verses!

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)

We've been working on verses from this passage in Philippians for the past few weeks. Be sure to look back at past verses here.

Discussion:

For the last two weeks, we’ve talked about how God wants us to live together with other Christians: being kind and compassionate. Now, Paul (the author of Philippians) uses Jesus and His relationship with the Father as an example for us.

 

We know that Jesus IS God...but Paul says that Jesus didn’t use that to His advantage. What do you think that means? (Advantage means that Jesus didn’t use being God as a way to help Himself gain lots of power or be super comfortable. He could have built himself a nice palace and had angels serving him 24 hours a day!)  Can you think of any stories about Jesus where He doesn’t use being God to His advantage?

 

Paul goes on to say that Jesus became just like a servant and took on “human likeness.” What is human likeness? Well, it means that God became a human baby and was born to human parents. If you know the Christmas story, think about where Jesus was born. Was it at home or in a nice hotel or in a palace? No. He was born in an animal stable and His first bed was the container animals ate out of! That is really not how we would expect God to come. Why do you think God chose to be born this way? This answer is pretty amazing: In order to save us, God became like us so that He would experience being human the way that we do. He lived among us and even died in place of our sin so that we could have eternal life! (And we’ll talk more about that next week!)

 

This video is a great example of how Jesus was humble and did not use “being God” to His own advantage.

Here are some questions about the video:

  • What did Satan try to get Jesus to do? (He wanted Jesus to use His power as God to make Himself comfortable and powerful in the world.)

  • Why did Jesus say no to Satan? (It wasn’t God’s plan for Him to be comfortable and treated like royalty in the world. Jesus came to tell people of God’s love and to forgive their sins, and later He willingly sacrificed His life to save anyone who believed in Him!)

  • How can we use Jesus’ example to help us put other people’s needs first? (Look back to last week if you need a refresher on putting others ahead of ourselves!)

 

Ways to Memorize It:

  • Mix it & Fix It – write out the words on notecards, or print and cut out the words here. Mix them up and put them back in order!

  • Practice chanting the verse in different silly voices

  • Since we’re working on lots of verses from Philippians 2, we’re going to include some songs from last week. Songs are one of the best ways to memorize Bible verses!

  • Remember to look back and review the other Philippians verses to understand Paul's letter to the Philippian church even better!

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8)

We’ve been working on this section of Philippians 2 for a few weeks now. This week’s verse is a little shorter, but it’s a great idea to practice it with the verses that come before it, so we suggest working on Philippians 2:5-8 together. You can find the other verses and activities here.

Discussion:

This whole passage of Philippians focuses on humility, and in particular, Jesus’ example of humility. What do you think humility means? When the Bible talks about humility, it means putting others ahead of ourselves. There are so many ways we can show our humility. As kids, we can show humility when we let others take a turn first. It’s important to practice humility when we are young because as life goes on, there are many decisions we have to make between pleasing ourselves and treating others well. Parents make these decisions all the time: they might make decisions about what jobs to take, where to live, or how to spend money based on the needs of their families.

 

Here is a question: is humility comfortable and easy? Nope. Even though we should even work to have joy in humility, the reality is that humility usually comes with some kind of pain or difficulty. Is sharing easy? (You may have said yes, but if it was ALWAYS easy, wouldn’t you ALWAYS do it?)

 

Last week we talked about Jesus--who is God--becoming human like us. One of the things that comes along with humanity is experiencing pain. Jesus would have felt the pains like a scraped knee or a splinter (He was the son of a carpenter, after all!), but it wasn’t only minor physical pain Jesus experienced. Did you know that the Bible says that lots of people hated Jesus while he was on earth? Jesus experienced the pain of rejection just like we do when someone bullies us or we get in an argument that hurts a friendship. The people that hated Jesus even wanted to kill him.

 

Jesus had the power to escape those who wanted to kill him. Actually, there are many times the Bible said He did—because it wasn’t his time yet. But when it WAS His time…Jesus humbled himself and was obedient to His Father’s will for Him to die.

 

Let’s watch this video to remind us that Jesus was humble even to the point of death:

Do you know why Jesus had to die? He died so that WE could live! Do you know the the Good News that we call the Gospel? See if you can retell it, and if you need help, here are the main points:

  1. Our sin is a major problem and its cost is spiritual death, separating us from God because He is perfect and Holy.

  2. There isn’t anything we can do on our own to fix our sin problem.

  3. Jesus (who IS God) came to earth to take our sin onto himself and pay the penalty of death so we wouldn’t have to die in our sin and be separated from God forever.

  4. Anyone who believes in Jesus and His sacrifice alone can have the free gift of salvation—our sins are paid for forever, and we can have a relationship with God and eternal life with Him in Heaven!

 

If you have never before made the decision to trust in Jesus as your savior, you can pray through the Gospel message above and tell God that you believe these things at any time! If you’d like to talk or pray with someone about this, the pastors and leaders at Friedens Church would love to have a conversation with you.

 

Ways to Memorize It:

  • Mix it & Fix It – write out the words on notecards, or print and cut out the words here. Mix them up and put them back in order!

  • Practice chanting the verse in different silly voices

  • Since we’re working on lots of verses from Philippians 2, we’re going to include some songs from last week. Songs are one of the best ways to memorize Bible verses!

  • Remember to look back and say all your verses from Philippians 2 so that you can understand the whole passage.