Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 2:22-40 & Philippians 3:1-11
Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of January 5
From "Simeon's Nunc Dimittis: Beholding the Promised One": Luke 2:22-40
Why did Joseph and Mary take Jesus to the temple?
What is the ceremonial law? Why is it no longer in force?
We learned that Joseph and Mary were poor – why is this significant?
Why were Simeon and Anna at the temple?
Why does Simeon say that Christ is “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (v. 32)?
Pastor Jon taught that Christ is the good news, not part of the good news. What did he mean by this?
Why would John Owen say that Jesus is the only repose for troubled souls? What does this mean about our works and good deeds?
Pastor Jon said that there is no neutral response to Jesus. What does this mean?
Why does knowing Christ prepare us to die?
From "All Things Rubbish Compared to Christ, Pt. III": Philippians 3:1-11
As review, why was Paul writing forcefully against the false teachers?
What were the false teachers trusting in for salvation? What is Paul saying Christians must trust in for salvation?
Why is “knowing God by Christ in the Spirit” the essence of Christianity? Why isn’t Christianity something more like a social club or a religion which is simply concerned with morality and ethics?
Why does Paul talk about knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection (v. 10)? Why is the resurrection an important Christian doctrine?
What is the connection between the resurrection and the Christian’s union with Christ? (see Ephesians 2:1-6)
Why is union with Christ an important part of a Christian’s sanctification? (see Romans 6:1-14)
Why does Paul mention sharing in Christ’s sufferings (v. 10)? What is the relation between suffering and sanctification? What does this indicate concerning the “prosperity gospel”?
What is the difference between Christ’s sufferings and our sufferings?
For you, are all things rubbish compared to Christ?