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Sermon Blog for the week of February 27, 2022

Scripture Starting Point: Philippians 4:1-23

Memory Verse: Philippians 4:8


Message Reflection Questions

  1. Begin in silence, recognizing the presence of Jesus. Imagine Jesus giving you new eyesight to see yourself as He sees you.

  2. Read Philippians 4:1-23. What does this show you about Jesus? What does this say about humans?

  3. Why are people willing to compromise on conviction in order to achieve unity? How do you see the difference between pursuing unity and pursuing like-mindedness?

  4. Why is it hard for you to rejoice in the face of trials and difficulties? What does it look like to rejoice? Practically speaking, how might you do it?

  5. How do you intentionally sow the true, noble, pure, admirable, and so forth into your thought life? In what particular ways are you prone to stinking thinking? What might weeding look like in the garden of your mind? How can you catch the weeds at the earliest point?

  6. What one thing from our time in Philippians so far are you trying to put into practice? (For me, it’s learning to rejoice in the face of hardship.) Do you ever have the mentality that because you can’t do everything, you can do nothing? How can this be combated?

  7. Do you really believe the gospel is God’s comprehensive answer to sin and death and all the ways it has broken and breaks this world? Do you have an impossible story of the gospel’s breakthrough in your life or know of one in another’s life? Are you facing an impossible situation now? Is new faith rising up in you?

  8. What is your top takeaway from this letter and our journey

Daily Readings

□ Feb 27 Philippians 4:1-23, Philippians 4:8

□ Feb 28 Philippians 4:1-9

□ Mar 1 Philippians 4:10-23, Philippians 4:8


Helpful Instructions for reading

  1. Start with silence. Recognize that the Jesus in scripture is the Jesus with you where you are.

  2. Thank God for something that happened in the last 24 hours.

  3. Keep a list of names and descriptions of Jesus from the text. If someone calls him by certain name or characteristic, write this down. Ask: how can I receive Jesus as this name or characteristic? How can I live this name or characteristic in my life?

  4. Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church. Consider praying through the nations at www.prayercast.com/nations.html.

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