Community Group Leader Study Notes

Philippians Part 3  (5/20/2018 -5/27/2018)


15 Minutes:                    Everyone arrive/mingle/eat if food

10 Minutes:                Welcome: Group Opener Question

20 Minutes:                     Worship: Songs as well as prayers, prophetic words, scripture etc.

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

30 Minutes:                 Word: Discussion and Application of God’s Word


1.    Announcements

  1. Family Camp spots can be reserved at church on sundays.
  2. Please talk with your groups about the community outreach ideas if you haven’t decided on what to do yet.

2. Welcome (10min)

a.     Ask everyone to answer the following question: What is your favorite summer activity?

3.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing accapella, or use our NEW youtube channel with worship music:

4.    Word  (30min)

  1. Sunday Message Summary - read aloud so that everyone can remember or hear for the first time.
  2. Sermon Title: Philippians part 3 - Joy in Suffering

Scripture Passage:

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

Message Theme:  The message on Sunday discussed how we can have joy in suffering like Paul.  Paul had lived a life full of hardships, persecution, random bad events, and even not being healed from ailment when he prayed.  Yet Paul said “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  He was saying there was nothing better than Jesus in life, or in death.  His suffering in life helped bring him to that spot.  Suffering and trials come because of the fall with Adam and Eve, foolish living, sinful choices, and Satan.  They can also come from God, who is sovereign and can use trials to transform us.  Suffering changes us, it changes what what we hope in and what is important in this life.  Suffering also reminds us of heaven - that everything will be answered when we get there.  We must be mindful of heaven and set our hope there.  To

Possible Questions to ask:

  1. What stood out to you most in the message on Sunday?
  2. Phil 1:21 says “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” This is the ultimate fill in the blank.  What is something other than Christ that we can live for?
  3. Paul said in verse 19 that through others prayers and the Holy Spirit he was confident that his situation would turn out for deliverance.  When you are struggling, do you go to others to have them pray for you or do you battle on your own?
  4. In verse 21 Paul said that to die is gain.  He was actually excited about the prospect of death because it meant being with Jesus.  How can we grow in our appreciation and anticipation of heaven?

5.         Witness (10min)

  1. Ask if there are any testimonies from last week that anyone would like to share.
  2. Discuss together your Community Outreach as a Community Group.  Pray that God would give you wisdom and creativity regarding Community Outreach for your group.  Pray specifically for the people you are focused on reaching out to.  Also pray for any other needs.