Studies in Philippians
Digging Deeper into Philippians 1:1-11
- Paul is a prisoner, uncertain whether he will be put to death or be released. In spite of this he seems to live with joy and encourages the Philippians (who had trials of their own) to do the same. Survey through some of the passages and then discuss your level of joy in the midst of troubles. Philippians 1: 4, 18, 25; 2: 2, 17-18; 3: 1; 4: 1, 4, 10.
- Tony suggested that the theme of Philippians is Pressing on to Be Mature Followers of Christ. Look up Philippians 3: 10-15 and discuss what might be included in “pressing on” towards maturity.
- God is the one who works maturity in us be we are highly participatory in the process. Look up Philippians 1: 6-11 and 2: 12-16. Locate and discuss the verbs that describe God’s actions and then notice and discuss the verbs that describe our actions.
Studies in the Book of Acts: The Wrap Up
Let’s talk about the Great Commission in Matthew 28.
Read Matthew 28:16-23
-This command is specifically given to the Eleven, why should we obey it today?
-Verse 17 says they all worshiped, but some doubted. What did they doubt? Is there any significance for us today in our doubts?
-What is the difference between evangelism and making disciples?
-What is the role of baptism in making disciples?
-What is the role teaching them to observe all that Christ commanded them?
-How significant is it that Jesus has promised His presence to the end of the age?
Hear Pastor Tony speak about what baptism means and its importance. Join us as four wonderful members of the body of Christ make their declarations of their salvation in baptism at Burnt Cedar Beach, Incline Village, NV.
Have you ever noticed that a lot of Christians sound alike when they talk? Christian prayers also all sound alike, because we tend to mimic what we hear others say and pray. Guest speaker Eric Knopf said he had a mentor that really challenged him to memorize scripture. He learned the side effect to memorizing scripture was that he realized he had been praying prayers that weren’t true, spiritually and scripturally. Hear Eric describe how he learned to correct his own prayers and how it may apply to us.
Studies in the Book of Acts: How to Be Effective in Our Outreach
Guest speaker Eric Knopf continues our studies in the book of Acts. Chapter 17 describes the apostle Paul’s ministry in several places. Each place yielded different results. Paul focused on being a slave to all men so that he could win more people for Jesus. Eric summarizes Paul’s key ministry tenets in 5 C’s of effective outreach: commitment; context; conversation; clout; and, character, and describes how those can be practically applied in today’s environment.
The 5 C’s of Effective Outreach
• Effective outreach requires _____
• Light always ___________
• Expect _____
• Your job is not to tell people _________. Your job is to _____________
• When you speak to someone, trust that _____________.
• Engage with people _____________
• Help people ________________
• If you want to be the most interesting person in the room, ________________
• Ask people what they do to _____________________.
• We all have a _______
• Earn the privilege to __
• _______ used well gives you greater _____
• _______ is more persuasive than ___
• People are watching how you __________
• Be the one someone ________________________
Studies in the Book of Acts: Paul in Philippi: What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Digging Deeper into Acts 16
- Luke tells us that “The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul” (Acts 16: 14). Share with the group how God first opened your heart to believe. Describe what aspects of the Gospel struck you most profoundly: e.g., conviction of your sin, God’s love for you, Christ’s death on the cross, etc.
- Read Acts 16: 19-34. Remind each other of the description Lukas gave regarding the prison conditions Paul and Silas were in. Lukas also suggested that Christ’s love for Paul compelled him to serve with joy no matter his situation (read 2 Corinthians 5: 14-15). How much thought have you given to Christ’s love for you? To what level does it motivate you to serve no matter the consequences?
- Read Acts 16: 35-40. Why do you suppose Paul required the authorities to come and release him instead of just going away quietly? How did this serve the Gospel? Is there any application for us today?
Studies in the Book of Acts: Paul’s 1st Missionary Journey
- Read Acts 13: 1-4
- Many people today go out to plant their “own” churches. What should be the role of the local church in sending people out to start new ministries (whether church planters or missionaries)?
- There is both a human side and a divine side to people coming to faith in Jesus. Let’s discuss them both.
- The Human side: The role of proclaiming and hearing the Gospel.
-Read Romans 10:9-17 and Acts 13:38-47; 2 Peter 3:8-9
- The Divine Side: The role of God’s electing grace
-Read Acts 13: 46-52
-Read John 6: 37-44, 65; 12: 36-43
-Romans 8: 28-30
- Jesus said to count the cost of following him (Luke 14: 25-33). Read Paul’s words to the believers in Lystra about the cost of following Jesus after he was nearly stoned to death (Acts 14: 19-23). What does it cost to us today?