Open Doors: Philippians 1:3-6
III. Our Open Doors.
The birth of the church in Philippi was lovingly and carefully brought into being by none other than Jesus Himself, through His Spirit. He held their hearts and, we can almost imagine, the hands of the evangelists and their first converts. But is the story any different today? Is our Lord still so vitally interested in the birth of new churches around the world? Let’s analyze. Answer the following questions about churches you know:
- Prayer was a key characteristic of both New Testament churches that we know met in the homes of godly women (Acts 12:12; 16:13). How has prayer been a key characteristic of the churches you know?
- Describe the details and situations that you know only God could have brought about.
- Are you acquainted with a church that started in someone’s home? (Give details.)
- Tell how God has opened doors for someone to know Christ?
- Tell how God has moved someone’s heart to pay attention to the teaching of the Word and to respond.
- Now that you know the story of the Philippian church, read Philippians 1:3-6. In your own words, explain why Paul wrote that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”.
Paul knew exactly how God began that good work in the Philippian Christians. He was involved in their lives, and they were dear friends of his. When we are a part of each other’s ‘history’ we have a special connection with them (Philippians 1:8). The Philippian church did undergo persecution, and Paul wanted to encourage them in their faith.
Key Question: How is God opening the door in your heart to help you to pay attention and respond to Him in some area of your life?