Sermon Discussion Questions: Philippians 1:18b-26
Dear Christ Church,
Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is a high day of the week for Christians. On this day, we come to God’s house and we “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), for our Father feeds us with the bounty of his hand through his means of grace – the Word, sacraments, and prayer. But the spiritual nourishment from the Lord’s Day is not intended to be a blessing to us only on that day. Rather, we come together the first day of the week in order to receive that grace and rest which enable us to make it through the remainder of the week! In particular, the preaching of God’s Word is to be a blessing for us throughout the next six days – it is something to discuss, meditate on, learn from, and cherish as we go about our weekly tasks.
With this in mind, here are the sermon discussion questions for this week. We hope and pray they will be a blessing to you in your own private devotions or for your family worship.
May the Word of Christ will dwell in our hearts richly!
If you missed the sermon this week, you can listen to it here.
Yours in Jesus,
Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of October 13th
From "The Supreme Joy of Living and Dying in Christ": Philippians 1:18b-26
This sermon series is titled "Joy in Christ." What is joy? Is it dependent on circumstances? Why or why not?
Pastor Jon reminded us that Paul's joy abounded. For what reasons did his joy abound?
What similarities do we see between Paul's attitude here and the psalmist's attitude in Psalm 73:25-26?
Paul was confident of his deliverance - what kind of deliverance was he talking about?
How should we think about "deliverance" from the problems and pains of this life?
What was the source and strength of Paul's confidence? What does this teach us about the need for the church and for prayer?
What does it mean "to live is Christ"?
What does it mean "to die is gain"?
How can both of these (7 & 8) be true at the same time?
What are common hindrances to believing (or living like we believe) the truth of v. 21? What are the potential hindrances in your life?
What is progress in the faith (v. 25)? What are the primary means by which we make progress in the faith?