As is clear in so much of his writing Paul encourages the Philippians to be faithful in part because he believes that Christ will come again soon. Most of us do not live with Paul’s confidence that the end of the age is coming, but are there ways in which we can still be instructed by his urgency?
Can you think of instances when difficult circumstances actually lead to growth in faith and perhaps even to the furtherance of the gospel?
How do we understand the relationship between love and knowledge? What are the ways in which our zeal for doing what is right could be enriched by greater attention to knowledge and moral insight?