Part 1: Discover Joy Through Community | 25/04/21
Study Questions for Philippians 1:1-11
1. Discuss the phrase: "Happiness happens by chance, but joy happens by choice." Do you agree/disagree? Why?
2. Share a moment in your life when you've chosen to trust God despite your circumstances and you unexpectedly got to experience joy in that situation.
3. Paul wrote the letter to the church in Philippi as he awaited a trial that had a high probability of ending in a death sentence. How does that flavor the way you read Philippians 1:12-14?
a) How can you look at difficult situations in your life as opportunities where God wants to use you?
4. Read Philippians 1:3-6. How did the church community give Paul joy?
5. What difference does it make to see your financial giving as a partnership not a donation?
6. Who are the people in your life who encourage you and give you joy because of how the Lord is at work in them? How does choosing to focus on where God is working change our perspective when we are going through trying times?
7. Read Philippians 1:11. Take a moment to quietly examine your own life. Then ask yourself the following:
a) Would your behavior be described as the “fruit of righteousness”?
b) How are you partnering with others in transforming lives in our community through knowing and growing in relationship with Him?
c) How are you engaging in community at East Park as someone God has called to be a part of our church family?
d) What do you sense God prompting you to do?
Part 2: Discover Joy Through Suffering | 02/05/21
Study Questions for Philippians 1:12-26
1. Read Philippians 1:12. How were the circumstances that brought suffering into Paul’s life strategic for God’s plans to spread the gospel?
2. What’s the difference between just coping or enduring suffering, and actually embracing it as part of Gods plan?
3. Read Philippians 15-18. What’s your response to being falsely accused or mistreated?
a) How can our pride can prevent us from experiencing joy when we feel threatened by others?
4. What external circumstances in your life right now have the potential to take your focus off of Christ?
5. Read Philippians 18-26. Why was Paul confident regardless of what happened in his future?
6. How does Paul’s teaching (suffering being part of God's will for us) impact your attitude towards suffering in a Christian’s life?
a) In view of that, how can we best pray and support others who suffer?
a) How is suffering actually proof of God’s love to us as individuals, but also for others in our lives who don’t yet know Him?