Oct 24 Notes & Questions
Joy in Chains
Wk 4 Joy in Obedience
Phil. 2: 12-18
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
The word obedience is a trigger word for most Americans.
Jesus was the perfect example of obedience.
In His absence we are to work for Him.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We are to do everything without grumbling or arguing (verse 14).
Jonah grumbled and argued and that got him into a tight spot.
Verse 16 Hold firmly to the word of life!
Refill on the Word of life and not the garbage of the world!
1 Peter 2:2
and like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. (NASB)
- What are some things that come to mind when you hear the word obedience? What would be your reaction if someone told you “You must be obedient, do what I say!”? Does this reaction interfere with being obedient to what God wants us to do?
- Why do you think Jesus chose to be obedient to the Father rather than just choosing to remain in heaven and not coming to earth? Would you have done the same? Is obedience a choice or a requirement (or both)?
- Read Philippians 2:12-14, what do you think “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” means? What are some steps we can do that meet this scriptures requirement?
- Read Ephesians 2:8-10, what does this scripture tell us we are created for? Is that all we are created for? Is it possible to be saved and do no good works at all? What do you think is meant by “which God prepared in advance for us to do”?
- In Philippians 2:14, is it possible to do everything without grumbling and arguing? Why or why not? Have you ever found yourself complaining about something God has done? What are some things we can do to set ourselves up for success to not grumble or argue?
- In the story of Jonah, why do you think God had him swallowed up by a fish? Has there been times in your life when God had to get you contained to get back on the right track? What did you learn from the experience?
- Read Philippians 2:15-18, how can we hold firmly to the Word of life? Was there a time in your life when you held more firmly to the Word than you do now? What are some characteristics of that time that helped you hold more firmly to God’s Word?
- What are some things of this World that we tend to fill up on that can tend to block out what we do for God? Is there a balance of worldly things and Godly things that is acceptable?
- Continue to pray for the church and guidance from God on how He would like the church to grow. Continue to pray for each other. It makes a HUGE difference in someone else’s life.