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Weekly Discussion Questions for January

WEEK 1

THE MYSTERIOUS BEGINNINGS OF THE PHILIPPIAN CHURCH

Acts 16:6-15

God works in mysterious ways

Questions-

  • Where have you experienced closed doors in your life?
  • How has the Spirit led through the closed doors?
  • Where have you seen God at work in mysterious ways?
  • Where are you experiencing a closed door right now? How might you allow the Spirit to lead in the midst of it?

WEEK 2

A GOD WHO EMPTIES HIMSELF

Philippians 2:1-11

Jesus emptied himself and God exalted him, as followers we are to do the same thing.

Questions-

  • How does Paul describe the experience of Jesus emptying himself?
  • What does emptying oneself look like in 2022?
  • Where do you see people going after “empty glory?”
  • Where might you be tempted to go for “empty glory?”
  • What does surrender look like for you today?

WEEK 3

THOSE WHO PROCLAIM JESUS OUT OF SELFISH AMBITION

Philippians 1:1-18

Paul has grace towards those who proclaim Jesus for selfish ambition

Questions – 

  • What brings you joy?
  • What work has God begun in you that you are encouraged to know that God will bring it to completion?
  • Can you imagine an imprisonment helping to spread the gospel?
  • Who do you see that might be proclaiming Jesus for their own advancement? Can you be as gracious as Paul?

WEEK 4

LIVING IS CHRIST, DYING IS GAIN

Philippians 1:19-30

Paul is open to following Jesus in life, or in death.

Questions-

  • What do you think Paul means by to live is Christ and to die is gain?
  • What feels like fruitful labor to you?
  • How do we see Paul emptying himself for the Philippians
  • How would you describe living a life worthy of the gospel of Christ?
  • Paul describes suffering as a privilege, how does that sit with you?

WEEK 5

GENUINE CONCERN AND NO WHINING

Philippians 2:12-30

A Life Hack: No Grumbling, No Arguing, Show Genuine Care for others.

Questions-

  • Where are you tempted to murmur and argue? 
  • Why might murmuring and arguing not be inconsistent with working out our salvation?
  • What would your life be if you didn’t ever murmur or argue?
  • Paul describes Timothy as someone who is genuinely concerned about one’s welfare, do you know someone like that?
  • How might you be able to live like Timothy?

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