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The Present Future

October 7, 2018

PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING! (Philippians 1:1-11)

    Give thanks for the past (1:3-4), the present (1:5) and the future (1:6-8)

    Pray for God to bring abundant fruit (Philippians 1:9-11)

  • Pray for … (1:9)
  • Why is this important (1:10)?
  • What is the goal (1:11)?


  • Celebrate God’s grace in the past – Pastor Bob Shaffer
  • Celebrate God’s grace in the present
  • Celebrate God’s grace for our future

To God be the glory!!!

Discussion Guide:

Main Idea: God birthed our church, sustains it and will complete it on the day of Christ’s return


If you and your family attended a church when you were growing up, what are your best memories of your faith community? What was most influential in your own spiritual journey?

Read Philippians 1:1-11. In verses 1-2, who wrote the letter? Learn how this church was planted by reading Acts 16.


In Philippians 1:1-8, why is Paul able to thank God for the church in Philippi?

What evidence is there in these verses that all is going well?

Read Philippians 1:9-11. Paul prays for spiritual fruit in the Philippian Christians. What is it that will produce this fruit?


In what ways is Stonebridge Church exercising the kind of partnership that Paul speaks of here?

As you listened to stories of the past (Pastor Bob Shaffer), the present (Cornerstone Church, Steven and Meg Collier, Ryan and Katie Jonas, and the future (404 initiative and Imagine Zero), what surprised you? What inspired you? What challenged you?

How do you think Philippians 1:9-11 should affect our prayers and praise for Stonebridge Church, the churches in our city and Christian workers (local and global) with whom we partner


How will Philippians 1:1-11 change the way we talk to our Christian friends and pray for them? Take time to pray for Stonebridge and the future of this ministry.

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