Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1/26: "Are We Alone Together" (Philippians 2:19-30)

1.  When you hear the word "community" what typically comes to mind? Looking at Paul's words in Phil. 2:19-30, what are some marks of a community of believers?

2.  Are there times when you feel alienated from others and God? Why? According to Paul, how are we able to find comfort during these times?

3.  Even though we are to find our comfort in Christ, why is community with others necessary?  

4.  How does Jesus, by reconciling us to God, also sweeten our friendships?

5.  How does our dependence upon others show our spiritual maturity? How do we balance our desires to be known and accepted by others and our understanding that, ultimately, only Christ is able fulfill these longings?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

1/19: "Working Out" (Philippians 2:12-18)

1.  Why does Paul call for his readers to live in, and not retreat from, "a crooked and twisted generation"? How do we do this?

2.  In v. 12, Paul tells the Philippians to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." What does this look like in your own life? How is it possible for Christians to live with fear and trembling, yet also with joy?

3.  What does it mean to be a people of the Word?

4.  What does Paul say regarding our own words? How is our speech a reflection of our holiness?

5.  Paul lives in light of "the day of Christ." How often do you find yourself living in light of the future? How does Christ's return encourage and motivate you towards greater holiness? 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1/12: "Ephesian Session Meeting Minutes" (Acts 20:28-38)

1.  When you think about those who are in leadership within the Church, what comes to mind? How does the world typically portray church leaders? Why is understanding Church government important?

2.  Looking at Paul’s words in Acts 20:28-38, what does his example teach us about how elders and other leaders are to serve in the church? 

3.  Why does the Bible often portray God’s people as sheep? 

4.  Why is it often difficult for us to trust those who are in positions of leadership in and outside of the church? 

5.  How can those in leadership within the church better display their shortcomings and brokenness? How can we create an environment within the church where the shortcomings of elders and those they shepherd can be shared freely?