As you meet online, we encourage you to spend time again this week talking, laughing, listening and caring for each other. (If you need help meeting online, take a look at this guide.) You know your group best, and we want you to feel empowered to worry less about getting to the deep discussion and focusing more on making sure each of your members has the chance to breathe, smile, share, and feel supported.
- Do you have fond memories of Easter growing up? Share them with your group.
- What do you love most about Easter?
- Has your experience of Easter changed since you became a Christian? - OR - Do you have strong memories of being in church as a kid on Easter?
- How does Easter this year feel different? In what way? Are there positives and negatives in that difference?
- Which traditions of Easter were you still able to keep this past Sunday? How did your appreciation for those traditions change because of this season at home?
- In what ways has Jesus “met” you this Easter? Where have you seen Him work? Where have you seen your brothers and sisters serve in Jesus’ name?
Our driving question for Community Groups this week is, “How is Jesus teaching me to be humble and more willing to serve others like He did?"
Spend time reading together the account of Easter morning found in John 20, imagining yourself in the story.
Pastor Steve said that just a week prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, the crowds had turned out to worship Jesus, waving palm branches during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem and shouting Hosanna. Now the crowds of adoration had turned into mobs of deserters.
- As you think about how the disciples must’ve felt at this shocking turn of events, how is sheltering in place similar to the circumstances and environment that the disciples found themselves in when celebrating the first Passover? To the first Easter? (John 20:19-28)
Right now things may seem uncertain and maybe a bit out of control. Pastor Steve challenged us to trust Christ who came out of a tomb with the ultimate outcome of today’s troubles.
- Read Philippians 2:5-11. While this passage doesn’t sound like a poem in English, Pastor Steve said scholars have often called it “The Song of Christ” because it is so lyrical when it’s read in its original language of Greek. What does this poem tell us about who Jesus is? What can we expect from him as we wade through these uncharted waters?
- Verse 7 tells us that “He made Himself nothing.” Look at verses 6 and 7 in a couple of different versions of the Bible.
- How do these verses set the standard for how followers of Jesus should relate to one another?
- How would things change in our marriages, schools, and businesses if we followed this standard?
Paul challenges us in Philippians 2:5 to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus who was humble and obedient in spite of his Sovereignty and Deity.
- In what ways has sheltering in place humbled you?
- In what ways is it making space for Jesus to do his transformative work in your life? Where do you see God at work in your life?
- What is hard about this season? What has been good about this season?
Pastor Steve said, “Sometimes people stop doing things when they become a Christian instead of starting” to serve.
- Consider who is in your daily life, their needs, and your gifts, resources, and abilities. Is there an overlap in any of those things?
- Is there something small you could start doing right now? Is there something that you feel God has been asking you to do?
- What are some of the possible steps you could take this coming week to begin serving in these capacities?
- As a community group, you are gathering together online as the body of Christ. Joined together, your individual gifts, resources, and talents become greater than they could be each used in isolation. Is there something you could do as a group to help or serve others who are hurting or are in need during this difficult season?
- For some ideas on how your group (or each of you as individuals) can get involved right now, visit Cornerstone's COVID-19 outreach page.
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Have you checked out Daily Steps? It's a weekly devotional message designed as a companion to this sermon study guide. Daily Steps guides you through spending time with God through personal reflection and includes prayer prompts throughout the week.
DAILY STEPS - PHILIPPIANS - WEEK 8
After each weekend sermon, our pastors and various church leaders, will sit down and have a 15-20 minute discussion around the weekend's sermon. Search for "CF Beyond Sunday" wherever you listen to podcasts, or watch on YouTube by tapping the button below. FYI - This week's episode will be #58 and will go live on Sunday night, April 12th.
The Intersection of Faith and Anxiety — If you are struggling with anxiety especially during this season of captivity, you may find this three-part essay especially helpful. It was written by someone who is prone to anxiety herself, our own Community Team Study Guide Writer, Sara Goetz.
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