God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life

Philippians 1:9–11

Many people say that God has a wonderful plan for their lives, often meaning that God will help them achieve their dreams. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that God’s plans for our personal holiness are far superior to our ambitions.

Principle for Bible Reading

Cultivating new love for old texts

Several verses in the Bible are much more familiar than others. Many very popular texts are deserving of the attention they receive, but if we are not careful, they can become so familiar that they lose their gloss and glamour in our eyes. The solution is not to stow certain verses away and come back to them later; the solution is to go deeper into them.

One way to do this is to trace the themes in the familiar verses throughout the book or letter. Often, the themes from beloved verses can be found in people, situations, and other statements in the same book of the Bible, which can deepen our understanding and appreciation for the familiar.

Study Questions

  1. When people say that God has a wonderful plan for their lives, what do they usually mean?
  2. What do you think it means to be filled with the fruit of righteousness in Philippians 1:11?
  3. Part of God’s wonderful plan for your life is to make you like his Son. Does this excite you? How can you have more fruits of righteousness?