Community Group Questions 10.11.20

by Oct 13, 2020

Finding Joy

  1. In Philippians 2:2, Paul finds joy that believers are unified and “of the same mind.” What does being of the same mind consist of in Philippians 2:1–4?
  2. What effect does disunity have on those within a community? In what ways does disunity within the church endanger the ministry in the church and the spread of the gospel?
  3. In Philippians 2:5, Paul calls us to imitate Jesus. What ways should we imitate him in verses 6–11?
    a. In what ways do we imitate Christ in “not seeking equality at thing to be grasped?” (v. 7)
    b. In what ways do we imitate Christ by “emptying ourselves by taking on the form of a servant?” (v. 7)
  4. Philippians 2 says to “work out your salvation. “Your salvation” means it is something you already possess—not something we need to strive to obtain. In 2:13 Paul writes that God’s work is present in us (2:13). How does God’s presence within us affect our responsibility to produce joy and unity after salvation?
  5. In 2:14, the Greek word for “grumbling” (gongysmos) is designed to sound like the action it describes. Even our right to complain is something Paul invites us voluntarily to set aside for the gospel. God wants more than our obedience; he wants our joyful obedience. Paul demonstrates in the letter how to suffer without complaining. What are some ways we are suffering now? And how can we fight against having a complaining attitude (and have an attitude of joy)?