SOAP Study - August 11, 2020

    08.11.20 | by Lauren Sledge



     Philippians 1:7-11

    So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

    I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ[a]—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.


    • What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
    • What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
    • How should this information impact your life?
    • What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
    • Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.

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    The first thing that Paul mentions is that the people in Philippi have a special place in his heart because they feel the same way about sharing the Gospel with others. He also mentions that he prays for the people of Philippi that they would grow in the love of Christ more and more and that they would continue to seek to grow in their knowledge and understanding of Christ. The final thing that stood out was that Paul hopes they will always be filled with the “fruit” of their salvation.


    The main point that Paul was making that stood out to me was that his prayer for the people in Philippi is that their love would overflow more and more and that they would keep on growing in knowledge and understanding of Christ and the gospel. The first thing about this verse is that Paul was praying for these people. If I’m honest, sometimes I downplay the effectiveness of prayer. If we’re honest, prayer has more of an influence in the lives of others than we give credit for. If we pray that others will have love overflowing for Christ and others, then BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit will fill them with that love, we are influencing others without even having a conversation with them. Are there people in your life you are praying for to grow in the love of Christ? If not, pray that God would identify those individuals. Set a time each day (I set reminders on my phone) and pray for those people. Watch how the Lord transforms their lives.


    Holy Spirit, I thank you for the way you work through the prayers of others. Forgive me for not giving prayer the credit it deserves when it comes to influencing the lives of others. Help me to identify people in my life that you want me to pray for, that their love for You and for the Gospel would increase. Amen.