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Philippians Worksheet

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									                         A Philippians 4 Worksheet
                                      Jeffery S. Forrey1

In Philippians 4, the apostle Paul writes:
    6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
    thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which
    surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
    Jesus. 8Finally, brothers:

    whatever is true [that is, truthful words, thoughts or actions],

    whatever is honorable [that is, words, thoughts or actions worthy of respect],

    whatever is just [that is, being fair or giving to others what they are due],

    whatever is pure [that is, motives & actions that God would approve],

    whatever is lovely [that is, thoughts and activities that are generally appreciated],

    whatever is commendable [that is, thoughts & activities that would not be offensive
    to others],

    if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise [that is, generally
    speaking, motives, thoughts, and actions that reflect God’s goodness] …

    think about [assess or evaluate experiences according to] these things. 9What you
    have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the
    God of peace will be with you.


1. When you begin (or began) to feel yourself getting anxious (nervous, jittery,
tense), note what was going on in your life. Describe the circumstances:




2. When you begin (or began) to feel yourself getting anxious (nervous, jittery,
tense), note what was going in your mind. Record the worrisome thoughts in
words as close as possible to those that went through your mind. Then evaluate
the content of the different thoughts/concerns using these descriptors from

1
  Dr. Forrey is Chair, Department of Biblical Counseling, Trinity College of the Bible & Theological
Seminary, 4233 Medwel Drive, Newburgh, IN, 47630. Contact information: Phone: 812-853-0611; e-mail:
jforrey@trinitysem.edu.


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Philippians 4:8 (note the definitions above). Discuss your answers with your
mentor2.

Worrisome thought #1: ______________________________________________



             DESCRIPTOR                   COMPARISON TO THIS THOUGHT
            True
            Honorable
            Just
            Pure
            Lovely
            Commendable


Worrisome thought #2: ___________________________________________



             DESCRIPTOR                   COMPARISON TO THIS THOUGHT
            True
            Honorable
            Just
            Pure
            Lovely
            Commendable


Worrisome thought #3: ___________________________________________



             DESCRIPTOR                   COMPARISON TO THIS THOUGHT
            True
            Honorable
            Just
            Pure
            Lovely
            Commendable



2
 A “mentor” is a mature Christian who knows the Scriptures well and is committed to helping you grow in
your relationship with Christ through your struggles. Note Philippians 4:9.


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Worrisome thought #4: __________________________________________



          DESCRIPTOR             COMPARISON TO THIS THOUGHT
         True
         Honorable
         Just
         Pure
         Lovely
         Commendable


3. As you reflect on your life now, for what do you have to be thankful—that is,
how has God blessed you? (Be as specific as you can. Discuss your answers with
your mentor.)




4. What implications do these reasons for thanksgiving have for your worrisome
thoughts? (Be as specific as you can. Discuss your answers with your mentor.)

Worrisome thought #1:




Worrisome thought #2:




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Worrisome thought #3:




Worrisome thought #4:




5. Record your prayers over the next week in which you (a) thank God for his
promises & blessings in your life and (b) tell him your concerns. Avoid repetitions
in your reasons for thanksgiving. Come back periodically to note any answers to
your requests.




6. Create a “Think and Do List” below. Be sure each of your entries is consistent
with the descriptors from Philippians 4:8. Also be sure they specific, relevant for
your life (useful), and mind-engaging. Shoot for a minimum of 10 entries. (It
would be a good idea to share your list with your mentor so he or she can help
keep you accountable.) Put your “Think and Do List” on a 3x5 index card, and
use it when you are tempted to be anxious during your down time. Otherwise,
return to your current scheduled activities.




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