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Sample Chapter from “Family Philippians”

familyphilippiansThe design of “Family Philippians” is to enable families to worship together.  Towards that end, each chapter has four sections.

A section of Philippians to read.

A brief time of explanation.

A few questions about the reading.

A guided prayer time.

As families work through the book, they will eventually read the entire book of Philippians together and get to enjoy and complete thought in scripture together.  Enjoy this chapter from Philippians 1:12-14 as an example.

Philippians 1:12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

 

In this section of Philippians, Paul is writing a letter to the Philippian church while he is sitting in a prison.  You know what a prison is, right?  It is the place criminals go when they break the law.  Do you know why Paul was in prison?  Paul was there because he told people about Jesus.

Can you imagine that?  Can you imagine that if you told someone about Jesus you would go to jail?  That would be pretty scary.  But Paul did that, and here is the amazing thing.  Paul was thankful.

What would cause Paul to be okay with going to prison?  Well, Paul was glad that the gospel was being advanced.  That means that Paul was excited that people were talking about Jesus.  Not only was the church talking about Jesus, even his prison guards were talking about Jesus.

And you know what?  The church wasn’t scared about going to prison either.  In fact, seeing Paul go to prison and telling people about Jesus made the church even more bold in talking about Jesus.

How can that happen?  Aren’t people supposed to be scared about prison?

Well, Paul and the Philippian church trusted God.  They were okay with however God wanted people to know about Jesus.  That takes a lot of trust and a lot of faith in God.

It is scary to think about going to prison or people being mad at you because of Jesus.  But is it exciting to think that God will help us no matter what happens.

Questions

Here are some questions to think through and answer with your parents.

Do you ever talk about Jesus when you are not at church or with your parents?  Why or why not?

 

Have you ever been afraid to talk about Jesus?  Why?  Describe that time.

 

Ask your parents for examples of when they have talked about Jesus.

Prayer

 

As you think about those things, maybe you and your family could pray about them for your family and your church.  Would you?

 

Pray with your parents for boldness to speak to others about Jesus. 

 

Pray with your parents to trust God no matter what happens.

 

You can find “Family Philippians” as a pdf download here, and also at

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October 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Family Philippians” Available Everywhere

familyphilippiansIntroducing, sharing, and explaining our faith in Christ to our children is the desire for many parents.  How do to that is not always that easy.  Additionally, the structure of families is not always consistent.  Some families don’t have children.  Some families include grandparents, many have step-parents, many are solo parenting, and a few have both mom and dad.

In light of all of those intricacies, how in the world do we introduce and deepen the faith of our families?

While each of the described above deserves its own book, this one is designed to help families with children.  And since, the makeup of those families may look different in every household, we will typically just address “parents” and allow you to customize it as you read it.

But the central idea is to create a simple, easy to approach book for you and your kids.  So towards that end, “Family Philippians” was created.

As you work through these pages, you and your family will walk through these steps.  Each chapter will give you a section of Philippians to read, there will be a brief paragraph to explain and deepen an understanding of the passage, there will be a few questions to answer, and then, there will be a guided prayer time.  At the end of the book, you will have covered the every verse of Philippians.

Ideally, each chapter should take no more than 10 minutes, but hopefully, that investment will last a lifetime.  As you undertake this adventure, please know my prayers accompany your efforts, and I would love to hear from you about how it all goes.

Thanks,

Gordon Duncan

You can find “Family Philippians” as a pdf download here, and also at

Amazon Paperback
Amazon Kindle
Nook

September 29, 2013 Posted by | church, church planting, family worship, gospel, men, mission, missional, publishing, ruth, self-publishing, training men | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment