- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Philippians 1
The Philippian church was the first church in Europe, established by Apostle Paul during his second missionary journey. He and his missionary partner Silas were put into prison in Philippi (Acts 16).
He wrote this letter to Philippian Christian while he was imprisoned in Rome in response to the concerns of Philippian Christians. The Philippians had heard of his imprisonment, and Apostle Paul wanted to reassure them of his undiminished joy even he was imprisoned, and his confidence regarding the outcome of his imprisonment. He also wanted to express his gratitude for their gift and their constant friendship. The word joy or rejoice appears sixteen times in his letter to Philippian Christians.
The Philippian Church also faced some problems and struggle they were engaged, persecution by non-Christian authorities, and Apostle Paul encouraged them through example and exhortation to stand fast in their faith.
Overseers (bishop) and Deacon(assistant) indicated that there was some structure in leadership at the Philippian church.
Epaphroditus , a member of the Philippian church, brought a gift to Paul and brought Apostle Paul’s letter to his church (2:25-29).
The entire letter breathes Paul’s radiant joy and serene happiness in Christ, even while in prison and in near of death. (2:2, 3:8-14, 4:11-13)
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.