Group Discussion Questions:
- As you reflect on the sermon this week, how did the Holy Spirit speak to your heart? Was there a verse/passage that jumped out to you? Share why the verse or passage struck you.
- How would you sum up chapter three?
Read and discuss verses 3:1-21
- In Chapter three, Paul identifies three threats, legalism, perfectionism, and antinomianism, working against the church at Philippi. How are these threats applicable to you today?
- How are you responding to those threats? What role does rejoicing play in your response?
- How is rejoicing a safeguard for you? How is it not just a “bumper sticker” mentality?
- How does Paul say we should respond to threats? What are the implications for you personally?
- What did Paul say was of ultimate value? Why? How is it differ from culture?
- What was Paul’s perspective on a life of perfection?
- In verses 15-16 Paul talked about maturity. How would you describe the difference between maturity/immaturity as Terry described it?
- Paul sets the example for the Philippians. In fact, he encourages them to follow his example. Who’s following your example as a Christian? Can you recommend that someone follow your example? Why or why not?
Application: Rejoice in the Lord! This is how we respond to all threats. When you feel the sweat of threat—you know that fear, that anger, that sense of hopelessness—train yourself to return to the joy of the Lord. Do it a hundred times, do it until it shapes the reactions of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Ministry Partners: Pray for Hope’s Gate
Hope’s Gate is a ministry by a small group of women at River who share Jesus’ love with other women who have experienced hard times and loss in their lives. Crystal, Jamie and Lillie visit regularly to listen and talk, often bringing small gifts, treats and handmade scripture cards. They even show Jesus’ love by providing school supplies and small surprises for their kids! Pray that God will continue to allow Crystal, Jamie and Lillie to build deep connections with the women, and that their hearts would turn to the One who is their Savior, Redeemer, Provider and Protector.