Press On! (Philippians 3:1-14)

Philippians 3:1-14
Discussion Questions:
  • How do you view loss? When something difficult happens, what thoughts come to mind?
  • Paul denies the temptation to become complacent. Do you find it difficult to fight complacency?
  • Complacency is a precursor to spiritual laziness. What does the phrase “spiritual laziness” mean to you?
  • Read Isaiah 43:18-19 together. Is it difficult to have a short term memory? Do you think it is wise to have a short term memory in the successes as well as the failures?
  • The NIV translation says we are to strive towards what lies ahead. What imagery comes to mind when you think of striving forward?
  • All of our affliction is momentary and light in comparison to eternity. All affliction is also meaningful. Do you agree or disagree? Is that tough to accept? 

Living Light (Philippians 2:12-18)

Philippians 2:12-18
Discussion Questions:
  • Is the definition of character (what you do when no one is looking) a good one?
  • Think about someone you consider to have exceptional character. What qualities about them do you admire?
  • Name some of the benefits of recognizing your own spiritual weaknesses. 
  • In 2 Corinthians 2:15 from the NLT, it says that the Christian life is a fragrance to the world. In what ways are your life a fragrance to the world?
  • This past week you were asked to bring encouragement to one person in your life. Share with the group the feeling you get when you are encouraging to someone else.
  • As you grow closer to God, God will begin to bring new people into your life. Pray together asking God to expand your influence to those in your life.

Perfect Humility (Philippians 2:1-11)

Philippians 2:1-11
Discussion Questions:
  • How encouraging are you to other people? What do you think you need to do personally to be more encouraging?
  • How did Christ give us an example of humility? Can you imagine being this humble?
  • Scripture says do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit. Does this mean you can never do things for yourself?
  • Every week on the back of the connect cards, you are challenged to take a next step. What next step do you need to take this week based upon what we studied this Sunday?
  • How is God asking you to Love God More, Love People More, and to Love More People? What do you commit to doing this week in response?

Paul’s Mission Work in Athens (Acts 17:16-32)

Acts 17:16-32
Discussion Questions:
  • When Paul came to Athens what provoked his spirit within him? What does it mean that “his spirit was provoked?” As people of faith, what kinds of things are happening around us today that should provoke our spirits?
  • In what different places in Athens did Paul witness to people about Jesus? In what ways did the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers insult Paul? How did Paul respond to their insults?
  • When Paul was at the Aeropagus, what ways had he prepared himself to be more effective in his witness to the Athenians? What did Paul find in Athens that helped him relate his witness to the Athenians? What can we learn from this in our own attempts to witness to the lost?
  • What different truths did Paul teach the Athenians about the God that he knew? What was a second way that Paul cleverly related to the Athenians in his witness to them? What are some unique ways that we can relate to lost peole we witness to today?
  • What did Paul say God commands all people everywhere to do? What did Paul teach the Athenians about the coming judgment?
  • In what different ways did the Athenians respond to Paul’s witness to them? When we witness to others and they reject Christ, how should we feel? How should we feel when they believe in Him? Are we responsible for the results of our witness for Christ?
  • What lessons have you learned today from Paul that can help you be a more successful witness for Christ?