The Heart of Fearless Contentment

Philippians 4:6–7

Satisfied hearts are strong hearts that can flex courage in the face of danger. In this lab, Pastor John covers how we can cultivate that kind of fearless faith.

Principle for Bible Reading

Some verses in the Bible are much more familiar than others. If we are not careful, they can become so familiar that they begin to lose their value and meaning for us. The solution is not to stow certain verses away and come back to them later, but to go even deeper into them.

One way to do this is to trace themes in familiar verses throughout their 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.

In This Lab

In this lab, Pastor John shows one way to go deeper into Philippians 4:6–7. Essentially, he takes the themes of Philippians 4:6–7 and traces them throughout the book. Where else in the letter does Paul discuss fearlessness, contentment, and prayer? Pastor John revisits Philippians 1:20, 27–28; 3:8; 4:10–11, 15–17 to deepen affections for the beloved truths of Philippians 4:6–7.

Study Questions

  1. How do you protect yourself from becoming dull to precious verses once they have become familiar?
  2. Read Philippians 1:27–28. What does courage and unity have to do with living a life worthy of the gospel? Do you see any connection to Philippians 4:6–7?
  3. What is the key to fearlessness and peace in Philippians 4:6–7?