Archive for January 2017

Christ Is Everything - Philippians 1:18-26


Questions for discussion:
  1. Paul says that he does not want to be "at all ashamed" at his efforts to magnify Christ.  He wants to finish well.  Find another passage where Paul (or another author) expresses these same sentiments.
  2. We spoke at length on Sunday about the Christian worldview on death and how our perspective on death should differ greatly from an unbelieving perspective.  Find a passage that forms part of our worldview of death and find a secular source (song, movie, article, etc.) that demonstrates an alternative perspective.
  3. We discussed on Sunday that the way in which we magnify Christ will change through different seasons of our lives.  List a few concrete examples of how you have sought to glorify Christ differently as your phase of life has changed.
  4. Share any other ways the Holy Spirit has used our passage on Sunday to instruct you.


Published on January 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm |

Paul's Prayer for the Philippians

Questions for discussion:
  1. Restate Paul's prayer for the Philippian church in your own words as if you were framing the prayer for a member of your church.
  2. Find another example in the Bible of one believer praying for another and briefly summarize the prayer.
  3. We talked about making choices that direct us towards what is "excellent" instead of just what is "good" or "acceptable."  Provide a few examples of how this works.
  4. We also talked about the pivotal truth that our spiritual progress is the result of God's gracious working in us ("the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ").  Find another passage of Scripture that speaks to our reliance on God for spiritual growth.

Published on January 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm |

Filed under Philippians, Small Group, Prayer

The Gospel is at Work in Us

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss the topics.

Philippians 1:3-7

  1. We concluded that "partnership in the gospel" refers to the ongoing work God is doing in all our lives. Where else in Scripture is the gospel presented in this way?
  2. During his time on earth as a man, whom did Jesus "hold in His heart?"
  3. What is the defense and confirmation of the gospel? Where do we see concrete examples of this in Scripture? 

Published on January 9, 2017 at 1:18 am |