Joy in Chains
WK 2 – Joy in Death
3 Reason to Pray
- Because all prayer is fruitful and
- it encourages other people to turn to God in times of need and
- it is and encouragement to us to have other people’s support and prayers.
God always answers our prayers, if not here and now, it will be in heaven
Only two people in the history of the world never died.
Something we all have in common is that at some point, we will face the death of a loved one.
Trust God and know that he has a better plan for them.
They are dancing now in heaven.
Paul is torn between the desire to keep living and to desire to be with Christ. He knows if he dies, he will be with Christ.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him
Paul is practical. He knows that he still has work to be done. The people need his ministry. So, he wants to get out of prison so he can continue to do it.
Paul is encouraging the faithful in Philippi to work together for the glory of God. To live and conduct themselves together in way that will bring credit to God when people there see what they are doing. Be in one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel and to bring people to God
Paul knew that when you get to the point that He lets you suffer for Christ, then this suffering for Christ was a sign that you have arrived. That it is a high calling of God. Paul certainly knew that was to suffer for Christ. It is a token of blessing, not a sign that God has turned his face away from you.
2 Corinthians 5:17
he old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
God is glorified when we die to self and earnestly seek Jesus
***Remember that as bad as this life gets through pain, suffering, and death, when we cling to Jesus and keep going for Him, it leads to a true joy in our life.***
Small Group Discussion Questions
- Name your top three favorite movies and explain why.
2. When did you suffer the loss of a loved one and how did you deal with it?
3. After reading this part of Philippians, are you ready to die with Christ like Paul did right now or do you need to change the way you look at what Christ gave us?
4. How can we help others who have suffered a loss?
5. How can we better pray and work together?
6. What are two reasons (or more) that we need to ask God’s people to pray for our needs?
7. Do you think God always answers prayers? Why or why not.
8. Read Philippians 1: 19-21
What do you think “I will in no way be ashamed” means?
9. Why is death so hard to deal with for Christians? Is it the same for non-Christians? Is there a proper way to address death with others?
10. What do you think Paul means “to live is Christ”? What are ways that we can fulfill Paul’s statement?
- Read Philippians 1:22-23
How often do you think about what happens after we are no longer “living in the body”? Does that change your opinion of now or not?
12. Read Romans 6:7,
How have we died with Christ? Is it possible to believe in Him and not die with Him?
13. Read Philippians 1: 27-30
How do we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ? What are some things that would not be considered worthy of the gospel of Christ?
14. Why do you think Paul tells the Philippian church to “stand firm in the one Spirit”?
15. Verse 29 tells us that it was granted to us on Christ’s behalf to believe in Him. Do people seek God or does God seek people (or both)?
16. Have you met anyone who has suffered for Christ? What are some characteristics of that person?
Pray for our church, our community, and those who have not yet come to faith in Jesus.