PHILLIPIANS SG WK4
Warm Up: Are you the kind of person who sees the glass half full or half empty? Why?
Background: What are you living for? Your answer to that question will determine the direction of your life. If your purpose is wrong, your direction will be wrong. If you direction is wrong, your eternal destination will be wrong. This is true for all of us and it was most certainly true of Paul. Before he encountered the Risen Christ, he was a driven man. The only problem was he was going in the wrong direction.
Background Text: Acts 9:1-19
- On the road to Damascus, Paul encountered the Risen Christ. How do you think Paul felt when he realized who was talking to him? How did this impact Paul’s plans?
- From the Lord’s conversation with Ananias, what insight can you find for God’s purposes for Saul’s life? What was the most significant thing that happened to Saul after Ananias prayed over him?
- In what area of your life have you seen the most change since your conversion?
From the Message: Phil. 1:18-26
- What spoke to you the most from the message and why? What challenged you the most? Don’t rush by this!
- Pastor Steve said, “If your purpose is wrong, your direction will be wrong. If you direction is wrong, your eternal destination will be wrong.” How does your life purpose determine your life’s direction? How does it affect the decisions you make?
- Paul was in prison but joyful and on track. What difficult circumstances are you facing right now? What’s your attitude toward this situation right now?
- What two things is Paul depending on (v.19)? How much do you depend on the prayers of God’s people? The help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ?
- Pastor Steve said, “Everyone is living for something. No one can leave that sentence blank.” Given your priorities and schedule this week, how would you complete this sentence? For me to live is ___________. What would have to change if you said, “Christ”?
- Pastor Steve asked, “What would it mean for the life of Christ to flow through you?” What would this look like in your life on a daily basis?
- Pastor Steve said, “If your focus is not on serving Christ and others, you are only serving your self.” If this is true, whom are you serving the most?
Reflect: What is my life’s purpose? Does the way I am living reflect what I say I believe?
“The best use for your life is to invest it in something that will outlast it.” Henry James