Rewriting the Narrative | A Letter from Isolation
Pastor Christian Huntley
April 19, 2020
Reading: Philippians 1:2-11
Confession: God of Creation, you have written your glory into the skies and revealed yourself to us through Jesus. Thank you for Easter, the greatest day in history. We are sorry for the ways we get caught up in the worry and despair of our current circumstances and miss the awesomeness of your message. Through your Holy Spirit, restore our joy. Help us see that you never stop working in the world and use us as your messengers. Amen.
- When you think of joy what comes to mind? Share a time you remember feeling true joy.
- Read Philippians 1:3–11. For what is Paul applauding the Philippians? What is he encouraging them to continue doing?
- Based on verses 3–11, what would Paul applaud in your life and what areas continue to need encouragement and growth?
- Paul is writing this letter from prison. How does this affect your understanding of Paul encouraging the Philippians to be joyful in verses 4 and 25–26?
- In verse 6, Paul says he is sure “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Christ.” What might that look like? Have you found this to be true in your life?
- Read verses 12–30. In verses 12–14, Paul writes about his own experience of suffering and the benefit of it for the sake of the Gospel. According to Paul in verse 29, suffering is an essential part of following Jesus. Has suffering been a part of your experience of faith?
- How do we suffer with joy? What does it look like to choose joy in the midst of hardship? When have you experienced this yourself or witnessed this in someone else?
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