Small Group Study Guide, Wk5 Philippians
Feb. 27th, 2016
Warm Up: If you’re life was defined by one thing, what would it be? If others were asked the same question about you, would their answer match yours? Why or Why not?
Background: Paul is greatly concerned about the church’s testimony at Philippi while he is away. He is concerned that the Philippians are living in such a way that their walk matches their talk; that their conduct and character matches the name they bear… Christians.
In the last Presidential debate, Ben Carson made a statement that raised eyebrows and actually lines up with what Paul was talking about. When asked how he would pick a candidate for the Supreme Court, he said he would be “looking at the fruit salad of their lives.” When you stop and think about it, this is the bottom line in Christian experience and in church life. Read what Jesus said about it.
Note to Leaders: Read through the study before your group arrives. Do not feel that you have to use every question. Pick and choose the questions you feel will your group will connect with. Always take time to ask the reflection questions at the end. They will generate more conversation that anything else.
Read About It: Matt. 7:13-23
- What makes the broad road more appealing to most people? What makes the narrow road more difficult but more rewarding?
- Which road do you think most Christians/churches are actually walking on? How can you tell?
- Who are the false prophets you need to be on your guard against? What test does Jesus give us for identifying them?
- What kind of “fruit salad” are most Christians offering the world?
- In verses 21-23, Jesus said that not everyone who calls him “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven. What was lacking in the lives of the “evildoers”?
Discussion from the Message: Phil. 1:27-30
- How important is church unity to you? Is it something that you are willing to stand and strive for? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to “contend as one man for the faith of the gospel”? In your opinion, what are the non-negotiables of the Christian faith?
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “If you are going to content for the faith and the gospel, you are going to be opposed.” Where have you seen this to be true in your own life? When was the last time you annoyed someone in love?
- How can suffering for Christ be a gift? Is it a gift you would gladly accept? Why or why not?
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “When unbelievers look at the church and they see that our lives mirror their own, they wonder if the church really has anything to offer.” Why?
- What spoke to you the most from last Sunday’s message? Why that?
- What challenged or caused you to think the most? Why?