5/31 Last Wednesday - last Wed night of on-campus CG’s & kids’ ministry; off June-July, resume Aug
6/4 Business Meeting - Save the Date; anticipated affirmation of new Executive Pastor
6/8-6/11 Kids Summer Camp - register by May 21! - themount.church/kidscamp
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
6/18 Father’s Day
“What parenting phrase/command aimed at correcting your behavior did you hear often growing up?”
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we examine a calling, a striving and a suffering part of every believer’s life. Paul sets a high bar, “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel” - Wow, that our lives would be considered “worthy of the gospel” is too much, but it should be our aim. Our goal in life (as was Paul’s) is for Christ to be honored, the gospel proclaimed and God glorified.
Key Passages: Phil 1:27-30; Matt 9:13; Prov 21:3; Phil 2:5
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read Phil 1:27-30. Can someone put in their own words what Paul is saying in verse 27?
- Why is it important for Christians’ public behavior to match up with the gospel?
- Do you ever use being apart from other believers as an excuse not to live in a manner worthy of the gospel? How would remembering that God is never absent change your conduct in those times?
- Read Matthew 9:13; what is Jesus saying here? (mercy over sacrifice, heart over habit, people over policy) What is the difference between behavior done out of religious living versus behavior out of obedience? (heart, motivation; not for justification but because of justification)
- Verse 27 can be literally translated “behave as citizens worthy”; what are some dynamics of citizenship that Paul intends for his readers to apply to their Christian lives? (See Definition of citizen below; a participating member, meet requirements, has rights/privileges, expected to obey)
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for unity among believers, centered on the love of Christ. Pray especially about specific cases of disunity which you know about; ask the Lord what you could do to help bring reconciliation.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
27 Only let your manner of life be worthy8 of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Definition of citizen or citizenship: A citizen is a participatory member of a political community. Citizenship is gained by meeting the legal requirements of a national, state, or local government. A nation grants certain rights and privileges to its citizens. In return, citizens are expected to obey their country's laws and defend it against its enemies.
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise)
Philippians Chapter 1, Verses 27-30:
Those who profess the gospel of Christ, should live as becomes those who believe gospel truths, submit to gospel laws, and depend upon gospel promises. The original word "conversation" denotes the conduct of citizens who seek the credit, safety, peace, and prosperity of their city. There is that in the faith of the gospel, which is worth striving for; there is much opposition, and there is need of striving. A man may sleep and go to hell; but he who would go to heaven, must look about him and be diligent. There may be oneness of heart and affection among Christians, where there is diversity of judgment about many things. Faith is God's gift on the behalf of Christ; the ability and disposition to believe are from God. And if we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon them a gift, and prize them accordingly. Yet salvation must not be ascribed to bodily afflictions, as though afflictions and worldly persecutions deserved it; but from God only is salvation: faith and patience are his gifts.