4/30 Membership Matters starts - 10:30am in Student Ctr; also 5/7 & 5/21; themount.church/path
5/4 National Day of Prayer - Keller Town Hall 7am-7pm; The Mount praying from 4-5:30pm
5/7 Family Meeting - 4:00 pm; New Deacon Installation & Celebration; Fall/Summer updates!
5/14 Mother’s Day - invite your Mother for a special Sunday together!
5/31 Last Wednesday - last Wed night of on-campus CG’s & kids’ ministry; off June-July, resume Aug
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6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
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“Name one person that helped you with something today (anything).”
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. Paul shows thankfulness, joy and affection for the saints in Philippi. He specifically thanks the “saints” for there “partnership in the gospel”. What does that really mean? What role or partnership do we really have? Do we all have a role to play in the proclamation of the gospel? Most definitely, “YES!!!”. And how do we have “joy” along the way? That is what we will discuss in group today.
Key Passages: Phil 1:3-11
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Where do people look to find joy? How is this different from Paul’s view of joy? (Phil 1:3-4)
- What do you think about the involvement of “mission” work in the local church (The Mount)? … in Community Groups? Compare with Paul’s view of fellowship (v.5; Philippians co-labored in Philippi for the sake of the gospel growing the church as well they financially supported Paul & cared for him)
- The Philippians shared in Paul’s ministry at both a spiritual level and practical level (Phil 4:15-16); how can we or do we “partner” in the gospel? (think spiritually & practically; personally/CG/church)
- What are some of the problems associated with trying to live out the Christian life apart from community?
- In v6, Paul makes some encouraging statements about their spiritual growth; how might these statements be simultaneously confidence-building and pride-crushing?
- What can we learn from Paul about his prayers for the Philippians? (in joy, in light of day of Christ, full of hope, affectionate, outward, passionate, for greater love/knowledge/discernment)
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray with joy for the saints of The Mount that our love will overflow more and more and will continue to grow in knowledge and understanding in order to live pure and blameless lives for the glory and praise of God.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise)
The Philippians felt a very deep interest for the apostle. The scope of the epistle is to confirm them in the faith, to encourage them to walk as becomes the gospel of Christ, to caution them against judaizing teachers, and to express gratitude for their Christian bounty. This epistle is the only one, among those written by St. Paul, in which no censures are implied or expressed. Full commendation and confidence are in every part, and the Philippians are addressed with a peculiar affection, which every serious reader will perceive.
The apostle offers up thanksgivings and prayers, for the good work of grace in the Philippians. (1-7) He expresses affection, and prays for them. (8-11) Fortifies them against being cast down at his sufferings. (12-20) He stood prepared for glorifying Christ by life, or death. (21-26) Exhortations to zeal, and constancy in professing the gospel. (27-30)
Verses 1-2 The highest honor of the most eminent ministers is, to be servants of Christ. And those who are not really saints on earth, never will be saints in heaven. Out of Christ, the best saints are sinners, and unable to stand before God. There is no peace without grace. Inward peace springs from a sense of Divine favor. And there is no grace and peace but from God our Father, the fountain and origin of all blessings. At Philippi the apostle was evil entreated, and saw little fruit of his labour; yet he remembers Philippi with joy. We must thank our God for the graces and comforts, gifts and usefulness of others, as we receive the benefit, and God receives the glory. The work of grace will never be perfected till the day of Jesus Christ, the day of his appearance. But we may always be confident God will perform his good work, in every soul wherein he has really begun it by regeneration; though we must not trust in outward appearances, nor in any thing but a new creation to holiness. People are dear to their ministers, when they receive benefit by their ministry. Fellow-sufferers in the cause of God should be dear one to another.
Verses 8-11 Shall not we pity and love those souls whom Christ loves and pities? Those who abound in any grace, need to abound more. Try things which differ; that we may approve the things which are excellent. The truths and laws of Christ are excellent; and they recommend themselves as such to any attentive mind. Sincerity is that in which we should have our conversation in the world, and it is the glory of all our graces. Christians should not be apt to take offense, and should be very careful not to offend God or the brethren. The things which most honor God will most benefit us. Let us not leave it doubtful whether any good fruit is found in us or not. A small measure of Christian love, knowledge, and fruitfulness should not satisfy any.
Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 on church as the body of Christ (“partnership”; gospel together)