Philippians 1:3-11

What Really Matters

Warm-up: Can you think of something from your past/childhood that you spent a lot of your time and energy thinking or worrying about, that you now look back on and realize wasn’t that important after all? 

Read Philippians 1:3-11 on your own. 

Once everyone has finished reading the passage, have one person read Philippians 1:9-11 out loud. 

Many of us can look back on our lives and laugh about some of the things that meant so much to us as a kid or a teenager. It seems silly that we spent so much of our time and energy caring about stuff that now seems insignificant in the grand scheme of life. But the reality is, just because we’ve grown up in age, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve grown up in our awareness of what really matters in life. One way to put it into perspective is to ask yourself: Will the things that matter to me now matter 10 years from now? 20 years from now? 50 years from now? Will the things that matter to me now matter in eternity? 

So that is the big question: WHAT REALLY MATTERS? 

Have you ever thought about the day that you will stare into the eyes of Jesus? Imagine that you are standing in front of him face to face, in that moment, what do you think will really matter?  Take a minute to really sit with this question before you answer it. 

Here is the key to it all…The only way to know what matters in life is by getting to know the Author of life. 

In verse 9, Paul encourages us to “keep on growing in knowledge and understanding”. Do you feel like this is a consistent part of your life? How do you personally gain a deeper revelation of Jesus on a daily basis? What does that look like? How has this impacted your life?

Paul reinforces this idea in this verse…

 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

What do you think this verse means? How would your life look different if you actually lived this way? 

When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was, his answer was simple, “Love God and love others.”


What are the most important things in your life right now? (Relationships, job, free time, money, friends, family) How could you make JESUS the focus of your relationship, job, money, etc. and begin looking for ways to serve the people in your life instead of looking for them to serve you?