God, What are you Doing with This?
Passage: Philippians 1:12–1:18
Many times we go through life encountering difficult circumstances and significant trials and wonder if God is there and if He is, what is he doing with this. Paul shares a bit of his life with us in the book of Philippians and describes how he dealt with difficult circumstances and how we can too. Paul's chief goal in life was to glorify God. This goal leads him to share the Good News so others would worship God too. We can learn how our focus and chief concerns can either help us or hinder us from glorifying God and enjoying Him in the midst of good and bad times.
Community Group Questions
- What part of the text or sermon had the greatest impact on you? Where were you most encouraged, intrigued, challenged?
- Have you gone through a difficult circumstance where you wondered what God was doing through that time? How did you deal with that situation? Share with your group how you were able to see what God did in that situation when looking back.
- According to the text, what was Paul's greatest concern? How can you tell? What would your actions show is your greatest concern?
- Verse 13 describes how Paul shared the Gospel with those around him. Do you have a Top5? How could you think differently about your Top5 in light of how Paul lived?
- Verses 14-17 describe two groups of people doing the same thing but with different motives. Are our motivations important? Is the outcome of a situation determined by our motives? Why or why not?
- What does "rejoice" mean and what does that practically look like in our lives? How can we rejoice while experiencing difficulties in life?
Bible Reading Plan
Monday: Philippians 1:1-11
Tuesday: Philippians 1:12-18
Wednesday: Philippians 1:19-30
Thursday: Philippians 2
Friday: Philippians 3:1-11
Saturday: Philippians 3:12-21
Sunday: Philippians 4