• Oakland Church of the Nazarene

Sermon Blog for the week of January 23, 2022

Scripture Starting Point: Philippians 1:1-14

Memory Verse: Philippians 1:6

Message Reflection Questions

  1. Begin in silence, recognizing the presence of Jesus. Imagine Jesus giving you new eyesight to see yourself as He sees you.

  2. Read Philippians 1:1-14. What does this show you about Jesus? What does this say about humans?

  3. What do you see as the difference between a "me and Jesus" mindset and a "we and Jesus" perspective of our journey of faith?

  4. Like "Paul and Timothy," who comes after your "and"? Who is your friend in the gospel?

  5. How deep is your desire for holiness? What is the vision for a holy version of you? What is holding you back from pursuing this vision? Will it be worth it?

  6. Do you value yourself? Do you like yourself? Why or why not?

  7. How is it that we can often focus on loving our neighbor and none of the focus on loving ourselves when Jesus so directly connects the two?

  8. Do you think we need to pass through all levels of what the Christian faith is all about or could we get to the heart of the matter much earlier in our journey? Reflect on that.

  9. Can you think of a situation where someone else's faith in the face of hardship and suffering actually increased your own faith?

  10. Close with the Lord’s Prayer.

Daily Readings

□ Jan 23 Philippians 1:1-14, Philippians 1:6

□ Jan 24 Philippians 1, Philippians 1:1-2

□ Jan 25 Philippians 2, Philippians 1:3-5

□ Jan 26 Philippians 3, Philippians 1:6

□ Jan 27 Philippians 4, Philippians 1:7-8

□ Jan 28 Philippians 1:9-11

□ Jan 29 Philippians 1:12-14


Helpful Instructions for reading

  1. Start with silence. Recognize that the Jesus in scripture is the Jesus with you where you are.

  2. Thank God for something that happened in the last 24 hours.

  3. Keep a list of names and descriptions of Jesus from the text. If someone calls him by certain name or characteristic, write this down. Ask: how can I receive Jesus as as this name or characteristic? How can I live this name or characteristic in my life?

  4. Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church. Considering praying through the nations at www.prayercast.com/nations.html.

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