• Key Text: Acts 16:6-40 & Philippians 1:1-2



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    YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE GOD'S JOURNEY WILL TAKE YOU.

     

     

    https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/philippians/ 

     

     

      

    1. Paul had a plan to go to one place to share the gospel, but God spoke to him (Acts 16:9), and he changed hisroute. What do you do to ensure you are in tune with God when it comes to His plans for you?

     

    2. How do you respond when your plans don’t work out the way you hope? How can you grow in this area?

     

    3. Because of Paul’s obedience, he witnessed Lydia’s conversion (Acts 16:11-14), saw Jesus set free an exploitedslave girl (Acts 16: 16-18), and witnessed a jailer’s conversion (Acts 16:34). What is something you have seen Goddo as a result of your obedience and/or a change in plans?

     

    4. This series is called “Road Trip to Joy”. How would you rate yourself on the joy scale? Are you a joyful personor do you struggle with contentment? Where would you like to be by the end of this series? (Joy is more thansimple happiness. Joy is an attribute of God, produced in us by the Holy Spirit.)

     

    (optional reading): https://bibleproject.com/blog/philippians-bible-study/

     

    Are you willing to be obedient to Christ in every circumstance, even if it’s different than what you expected, or planned for? Personally? As a group?

     

    Now that you’ve spent time learning about this part of Philippians, how would you explain the main points of these verses to a friend?If you were going to explain what you learned to a friend, what would you say?

  • Key Text: Philippians 1:3-11



     

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    WE CAN FACE LIFE'S DIFFICULTIES WHEN WE KNOW WE DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM ALONE. 

     

     

     

    https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/368582?episode=1

     

     

     

    1. To recap, how did the church in Philippi get started? (Acts 16:6-40)

     

    2. What does Paul do to express his love and affection for the Philippians?

     

    3. What does it look like to experience joy because of the fellowship we have with other Christians? When have you experienced that type of joy?

     

    4. What does Paul pray for the Philippians in verses 9–11? How would your life look different if you knew another Christian prayed the same things for you, or you consistently prayed this for others?

     

    https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/seven-prayers-for-those-you-love

     

     

    How will you respond when the Holy Spirit prompts you to pray for others along the way? Personally? As a group? 

     

     

    Now that you’ve spent time learning about this part of Philippians, how would you explain the main points of these verses to a friend? If you were going to explain what you learned to a friend, what would you say?

     

     

     

  • Key Text: Philippians 1:12-30




     

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    A WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER CAN ADVANCE THE GOSPEL.

     

     

     

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    1. What in your life could you genuinely complain about right now?

     

    2. What are some of the obstacles Paul is currently facing? What is his attitude toward these things? What enables him to see things as he does?

     

    3. What do you think is meant by “to live is Christ and to die is gain”? Could you say that? Why or why not?

     

    4. What would it take for you to become capable of not only accepting but rejoicing in suffering?

     

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/suffering-for-gods-glory-and-your-good/

      

     

    How far are you willing to go to help others know Jesus? What are you willing to give up or sacrifice? Personally? As a group?

     

     

    Now that you’ve spent time learning about this part of Philippians, how would you explain the main points of these verses to a friend? If you were going to explain what you learned to a friend, what would you say?

     

     

     

  • Key Text: Philippians 2:1-30




     

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    JOY COMES WHEN YOU KNOW IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU BUT ABOUT JESUS AND HIS MISSION. 

     

     

    https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/338397?episode=3

     

     

     

    1. Which of the characteristics Paul lists stands out to you the most? Why? Where do you see room for your own growth?

     

    2. When is it difficult for you to put someone else’s interests first?

     

    3. What difference do you think it would make in your life if you had Jesus’s mindset? What kind of an impact could having this mindset have on the unity of your church?

     

    4. Who are the people in your life whose faith you look up to? What’s one thing about them that you want to emulate in your life?

     

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/the-path-to-humility/

     

      

    Think of one relationship you have with someone you have a difficult time getting along with. What could you do to be like Jesus to that person this week? Personally? As a group?

     

     

    Now that you’ve spent time learning about this part of Philippians, how would you explain the main points of these verses to a friend?If you were going to explain what you learned to a friend, what would you say?

     

     

     

  • Key Text: Philippians 3:1-21




     

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    JOY COMES FROM LOOKING FORWARD.

     

     

     

    https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/368582?episode=5

     

    https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/368582?episode=6

     

     

     

    1. What does it mean to you to forget what is behind? (vs. 13)

     

    2. When we focus on the destination God has for us, we can experience the joy He has for us. What is something practical you can do to stay focused on your eternal destination?

     

    3. What goal has God called you to in this season that you need to continue to press on toward? (vs. 14) 

     

    https://www.crossway.org/articles/must-we-count-all-as-loss-to-follow-christ-philippians-3/

     

     

    What’s one area of your life you might be valuing more than Jesus? What could it look like to surrender it to Jesus this week? Personally? As a group?

     

     

    Now that you’ve spent time learning about this part of Philippians, how would you explain the main points of these verses to a friend? If you were going to explain what you learned to a friend, what would you say?

     

     

     

  • Key Text: Philippians 4:1-23




     

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    REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!

     

     

    https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/338397?episode=8

     

     

     

    1. Paul urges the Philippians to go to God “with thanksgiving” in 4:6. In what ways could gratitude help us when we’re anxious? (To be clear, these verses do not say that if you struggle with depression or anxiety that you must only seek God for a cure. Please seek medical and professional help if you’re experiencing mental health issues.)

     

    2. Verse 8 points to setting our minds on good, holy things. If you consider your thought life, which of the words Paul lists stands out to you the most? Why?

     

    3. In verse 4:11 Paul talks about contentment. If you asked five people who know you whether you were content, what would they say?

     

    4. We’ve talked about rejoicing throughout our study on Philippians. What have you learned about rejoicing by reading Philippians? What does it mean to you to rejoice in God? 

     

    https://www.desiringgod.org/labs/can-anyone-really-rejoice-always

     

     

    What are three things you’re grateful for right now? What could it look like for you to pray with thanksgiving this week? Personally? As a group?

     

     

    Now that you’ve spent time learning about this part of Philippians, how would you explain the main points of these verses to a friend?If you were going to explain what you learned to a friend, what would you say?