Study Questions (Suggested time: 40 min)
Please complete these questions prior to your group’s meeting time.
1) Jeff stated that being a Christian is not primarily about completing a list of activities but is intended to be a journey of genuine transformation. How do you generally define what it means to be a Christian (completing a list of activities, following Jesus, doing the right things, obeying God, genuine transformation, something else)? What influences have helped form your perspective?
2) Read Philippians 4:6-9. Paul instructs us not to be anxious, but to present our requests to God.
a. What’s been your experience with anxious thoughts and prayer? Have you experienced the peace Paul discusses in these verses?
b. Jeff mentioned that “presenting our requests to God with thanksgiving” is one of the keys to experiencing the peace Paul is talking about here. How does thanksgiving change our mindset about our worries?
c. How does the idea of setting our minds on what is true, honorable, right… (vs. 8) help us experience the peace of God?
3) Read Philippians 4:10-12. Paul talks about contentment and rest in these verses
a. What’s been your experience with contentment? Do you find it easy to be content? Is contentment a struggle for you?
b. It’s been said that one of the keys to contentment is awareness. When I become aware of the new iPhone, I’m now discontent with my current iPhone. In a similar fashion, my awareness of others’ suffering/needs can help me be content with what I have, so I can give to others. What do you think of this idea? What would it mean to put this idea of contentment into practice?
4) Read Philippians 4:13. As Jeff demonstrated in his message, this verse has been misused in many ways over the years from winning the championship as a football team to accomplishing all your dreams.
a. What does the context show Paul actually means by this verse? Have you experienced this in your life?
b. The verses in Philippians 4 flow together to culminate in verse 13. How would consistently experiencing peace (instead of anxiousness) and contentment (instead of always needing something more) change your experience of this verse?