The Power of the Resurrection: Freedom

Summary

Christians are free to serve God in any circumstances because Jesus is alive.

Outline

  1. Joy in the Lord—free to serve (v10)
  2. Learned Contentment—in any circumstances (vv11-12)
  3. I can do all things—Jesus is alive (v13)

Discussion Questions

Worship by renewing our minds:
  • What was the reason we talked about two different passages on Sunday?
  • What had the Philippians done to make an opportunity to show their concern and care for Paul?
  • Why was Paul less concerned with the gift and more excited about the Philippians’ willingness to give?
  • What “things” does Paul mean he can do in Phil. 4:13?
  • According to 1 Peter 2:16, how do we live free? For what should we not use our freedom?
Grow by engaging our hearts with God’s Word:
  • To what did Peter encourage his readers to be subject just before 1 Peter 2:16 (see v13)? Which individual is Peter likely referring to in v13?
  • Paul is in a prison that requires him to supply his own necessities (ie. food through friends/family) when he writes to the Philippians. How does that factor into the message he communicates?
    • How should my unpleasant circumstances factor into my relationships?
  • What does it look like to do things through Jesus (Phil. 4:13)? What does it look like to rejoice “in the Lord” (Phil. 4:10)?
Serve a hurting world by enlisting our bodies:
  • What are some ways you can reflect Jesus as a godly Canadian citizen?
    • What are you free to give up, endure, or enjoy where you are?
  • Is God giving you the opportunity to freely reflect him in difficult times? In pleasant times? Will you share?
    • What scripture passages/songs will you meditate on?
    • Who will you allow to rejoice at your growth? At whose growth will you rejoice?
  • How will you keep on learning to be content?