Thoughts and Prayers
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Intro to Philippians
• Chapter 1: JOY through SUFFERING.
• Christ is our LIFE (1:21).
• Chapter 2: JOY through SERVING.
• Christ is our EXAMPLE (2:5).
• Chapter 3: JOY of our SALVATION.
• Christ is our HOPE (3:7).
• Chapter 4: JOY of our SANCTIFICATION.
• Christ is our STRENGTH (4:13).
1.I am to be a DOULOS – give myself up to another’s will to the DISREGARD of my own interests.
(Romans 6:18,22; 2 Peter 2:19)
2. The Church is a WORKSHOP, not a DORMITORY.
(Philippians 4:15; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 13:16; 1 Corinthians 12:7
3.We are ALL a work in progress, but we must give of what we HAVE NOW and not wait to give what we will GET or become later later.
(Psalm 138:8; Jeremiah 18; John 4:34, 19:30)
4. Be a friend who hangs in there with someone through the HARD TIMES.
(Proverbs 18:24; Ecclesiastes 4:12; Galatians 6:2)
5. May our LOVE (which is WAY more than sentimentality) grow.
(1 Thessalonians 3:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Colossians 1:9)
6. May we spend our time not just on good things, but on BEST things.
(Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:10; Hebrews 13:20-21)
7. People can (and will) ACCUSE us, but may it not be true.
(Psalm 15:2-3, 119:1; Philippians 2:14-16; 2 Peter 3:14; Matt. 5:48)
8. May it be our desire to bring God GLORY in all we do!
(Ephesians 1:6,12,15; Psalm 29:1-2; 1 Cor.10:31; Colossians 3:17,23)
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
- One of the main themes in the book of Philippians is JOY. In what ways are you not experiencing joy / the joy of your salvation? (Psalm 51:12) What might be interfering with this joy? Are there any changes you might want to make?
- It is possible that the phrase “Our thoughts and prayers are with you” can become an empty cliche, but the words (when aptly spoken) have such power. As Christ-followers, what must we do / how must we live to keep this from becoming an empty cliche?
- In what ways am I more a spectator than a partner/participant in the ministry of the gospel? (How might I treat ‘Church life’ more as a dormitory than a workshop?) Jot down a few ways you can better ‘partner’.
- What is a doulos? Does my life model a doulos of Christ or of self? How?
- Yes – we are all a work in progress. But do you find yourself ‘waiting’ to become something better before stepping up to serve or minister? What might God be impressing on your heart to get involved with NOW? What is stopping you?
- Spending time on BEST things (instead of good things) takes some prayer and prioritization. (It might be beneficial to spend some time in purposeful prayer, asking God to direct how you spend your time and energy…)