Protecting the Gospel and the unity of flock
PHILLIPIANS SG WK11
Note to leaders: Do not feel that you have to use every question. Pick and choose as the Spirit leads you but don’t skip over the first question in the discussion from the message!
Warm Up: When you die, what do you want written on your tombstone? What will you want the world to know about you?
Background: Everything we are doing right now is working towards the summary that will be written on your tombstone. What will you want written there? What do you want people to know about you and what was important to you? Paul said that knowing Christ and making him known is the thing that matters most and should be driving our lives. Keep this question in the back of your mind as you work through this study: “Where will you be when you get where you are going?”
Text: Phil. 3:4-11, Rom. 3:19-23, 27-28
- What “measuring stick” of success or righteousness was Paul using prior to Christ? What role has your religious heritage played in who you are today?
- What are some of the “measuring sticks” that people put their confidence in today in order to determine their standing with God? What measuring stick do you think people trust in the most often? Why that?
- Paul said that he considered all of his previous attempts to earn God’s favor were being thrown in the garbage. Why? How does this line up with Romans 3:19-23, 27-28?
- Read James 2:17-24. What role does faith and works play in a believer’s life? Are they in conflict with one another or are they meant to compliment one another?
- Read Phil. 3:10, John 17:3. What does it mean to “know Christ?” How does knowing Christ differ from knowing about Christ?
From the Message: Phil. 3:4-11
- What spoke to you the most from the message and why? What challenged you the most? Don’t rush by this!
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “Religion without Christ is dangerous and religion with a “Christ-plus” faith is even more dangerous.” Why? What are most people counting on to get them to heaven?
- Pastor Steve said, “A good thing can become a bad thing if it keeps us away from the best thing.” How so? When does it cross the line?
- Pastor Steve said, “God does not grade on the curve.” Do you think most of the world believes this? Why or why not? What about most Christians; do you think they believe that God grades on the curve? Why or why not?
- How does righteousness obtained through faith differ from righteousness obtained through works (3:9)? How seriously does works righteousness infect my congregation or society’s view of Christianity in general? Why is this concept of justification or righteousness by faith so difficult to grasp? Am I clear in my understanding of the gospel? C ould I explain it to a coworker or family member?
- How well do you know really know Christ? Is it from first hand experience or is it more from your religious heritage and up-bring? In what ways could my religious background be an impediment to my faith?
- How have I learned to know (i.e., experience) the power of Christ’s resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings? How have I learned to be conformed to His death?
- Think About It: Is anything more important in my life than my relationship with Jesus Christ (3:8)? Does my desire to know Christ exceed all other aspirations? If not, how can I reprioritize my relationship with Christ? Who can help me rearrange my life?
- Pray About It: How can this group pray for you in this area? How can we pray for one another as it comes to a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus?
Reflect: We’re all on a journey from time to eternity. Sooner than we think, we’ll be in a casket and people will be weeping over us. What will they say about you then? What will they put on your tombstone? “He spent his life on things that didn’t matter” or “He met Jesus and his life was never the same.” Two thousand years ago the Lord asked the question this way:
What will it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?