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Philippians - Week 3

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LEADER INTRO

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REFLECT

Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:2-4

In Philippians 2:2-4 Paul lays out a blueprint for how he wants the Philippian church to go about the business of living their lives each day.

As we reflect on Philippians 2:2-4, let’s pay attention to the 3 different lists that Paul makes in this verse:

1. UNIFIED IN: Mind, Love, Spirit, Purpose

Why would Paul list all four of these areas: mind, love, spirit, and purpose? How is the mind different from the spirit? Love from purpose? How are they all different from each other?

In your opinion, is “unification” the same thing as “agreement?” Do we have to agree to be unified? OR: What thing/beliefs need to be agreed upon for unification?

Why is it important to Paul that the Philippian church be unified? Consider what was happening in Philippi, the Roman world, and the spread of the gospel. Why is it important that the contemporary church strive for unification?

2. MOTIVATED BY/NOT BY: Selfish Ambition, Vain Conceit, BE MOTIVATED BY: Humility

Consider your tasks/schedule/responsibilities each day. What motivates you as you move through your day? 

What, in your opinion, does it mean to be motivated by humility (by considering each other to be more important than yourself) rather than motivated by your own needs? 

Does considering others better than yourself mean that you always give them what they want or think they need? 

Group Leaders: Depending on who is in your group, their life story and their current struggles, consider talking about times when it is healthy to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.

3. BEHAVE IN A WAY THAT: (doesn’t only honor) Your interests, (but also honors the) Interests of others

Paul is exhorting the believers in Philippi to live their lives in a way that honors each other collectively more than honoring individuals. How is this different from what our culture tells us is important?

Before giving this directive to the church, Paul challenges them to be unified and humble. How is his teaching in verse 2-3 critical to his command in verse 4?

THINK

Our driving question for Community Groups this week is, “What do I need to know or understand about how gospel-worthy behavior can align my thinking with God’s bigger plan? How does this gospel-worthy behavior give God the space to do His work?”

Read Philippians 1:27-2:4. (If you like, continue to begin your group by reading the entire book of Philippians.) Using Philippians 1:27-2:4 as an anchor, what does Paul identify as “Gospel worthy behavior?”

  • Read verse 1:27.  Pastor Steve said that, “Our faith, as a team, is the prize. Our faith that Christ’s gospel actually works.” Can you share a time in your life when a team you were a part of experienced success? How was that different from a time you experienced success as an individual?
  • In many cases throughout the old and new testament, we see God interact with his people collectively. What does this demonstrate about how God intends for us to go through life? Spread His gospel message? Think about our relationship with Him?
  • Take a minute to map out ways your group can support each other this week. Do you have a group text thread? Can you mark dates/times on your calendar when your group members will need prayer?
  • How can you remind yourself this week that you are not fighting spiritual battles alone? What do you need to do to stay connected with each other?
  • Read 1:27-28. Paul tells us not to be frightened, using the imagery of stampeding horses to show us what NOT to do. In what way does our world seem to panic? Do you find yourself affected by the panic of those around you? Do you ever feel panicked or spooked and deal with panic in this way? What sort of things trigger this kind of response?
  • How can knowing you are connected to God’s people — collectively — help you find peace in places of panic in your life?
  • Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. Is there a circumstance in your life where you want to apply this truth?
  • Consider the conversations you are a part of each day. What kinds of things are causing panic and fear in those around you? How can you exhibit God’s power, love, and sound judgement to your friends, co-workers, and neighbors?
  • Why is it important that each person to focus on unity and humility?

ACT

For this week, consider memorizing Philippians 2:2-4 individually. There are many ways that someone can memorize a verse. You will find two different ways listed below. Feel free to choose one ... or both!

In addition, we encourage you to check out Daily StepsDaily Steps is a new devotional guide designed as a companion to our weekly study guide, but it’s focused on an individual's journey, rather than group study and discussion.


DAILY STEPS - PHILIPPIANS - WEEK 3

MEMORY VERSE: Learn Through Repetition

Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:2-4

Say this verse 3 times each day:

▢  ▢ ▢  Monday
▢  ▢ ▢  Tuesday
▢  ▢ ▢  Wednesday
▢  ▢ ▢  Thursday
▢  ▢ ▢  Friday

Use the following template to fill in the blanks:

...then make my _______  complete by being _______-_____________, having the same _______, being one in _________ and ____________. 3 Do nothing out of __________  __________________ or ________ conceit, but in _______________ consider others ___________ than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look ______ only to your ________ _______________, but also to the ____________ of others. 

__________________ 2:2-4


...then ___________ my _______  complete by being _______-_____________, __________ the same _______, being ____ in _________ and ____________. 3 Do ______________ out of __________  __________________ or ________ ____________, but in _______________ consider others ___________ than _______________. 4 Each of you ____________ look ______ only to your ________ _______________, but _______ to the ____________ of ____________. 

__________________ 2:_____-4


...then ___________ my _______  __________ by _______ _______-_____________, __________ the _______ _______, being ____ in _________ and ____________. 3 Do ______________ ____ of __________  __________________ or ________ ____________, but in _______________ __________ others ___________ than _______________. 4 ________ of you ____________ look ______ _________ to your ________ _______________, but _______ to the ____________ of ____________. 

__________________ ___ : _____-4


...______ ___________ my _______  __________ by _______ _______-_____________, __________ the _______ _______, _______ ____ in _________ and ____________. 3 Do ______________ ____ of __________  __________________ or ________ ____________, but ___  _______________ __________ ________ ___________ than _______________. 4 ________ of ____ ____________ look ______ _________ to _______ ________ _______________, but _______ ___ the ____________ of ____________. 

__________________ ___ : _____-_____


...______ ___________ ____ _______  __________ ____ _______ _______-_____________, __________ ____ _______ _______, _______ ____ ___ _________ ____ ____________. 3 ____ ______________ ____ ____ __________  __________________ ____ ________ ____________, ____ ___  _______________ __________ ________ ___________ _______ _______________. 4 ________ ___ ____ ____________ ______ ______ _________ ___ _______ ________ _______________, ____ _______ ___ ____ ____________ ___ ____________. 

__________________ ___ : _____-_____

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION

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 #53 and will go live on Sunday night, March 8. 

BEYOND SUNDAY ON YOUTUBE

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