DEVOTIONAL READING: Psalm 119:169–176
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Philippians 1
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. Tell how Paul rose above his circumstances in order to rejoice in what God was doing.
2. Compare and contrast Paul’s outlook with that of a contemporary figure who faces adversity.
3. Identify a source of opposition or adversity in his or her life and look for ways to rejoice in the midst of it.
IntroductionA. Mixed Motives
B. Lesson Background
I. Gospel’s Spread (PHILIPPIANS 1:12–18a)
A. In Spite of Restrictions (vv. 12–14)
Good from Bad
B. In Light of Differing Motives (vv. 15–18a)
II. Paul’s Outlook (PHILIPPIANS 1:18b–26) A. Joy and Expectation (vv. 18b–20)
B. Life and Death (vv. 21–24)
To Live Is Christ C. Presence and Joy (vv. 25, 26)
ConclusionA. One Reason for Joy