July 15th | Joy In A Focused Life

JOY IN A FOCUSED LIFE

PHILIPPIANS 3: 15-4:3


1. Review

Do you have a walking in the dark story? (stubbing a toe? being scared?) What makes the dark so difficult to navigate? Why are people scared of the dark?

Darkness is part of the world we live in, therefore we must learn to function and have joy in such a place. How are you seeing the worlds darkness grow into all areas of culture? How has it crept into your home? How do you stay focused on Jesus in this ever-changing world?

Read Romans 12:2, What are the instructions of this verse? How can you live this out? How are you currently living it out? What is the difference in being conformed and being transformed? What are the sources of both?

2. Assess

If you had to compare your life in Christ right now to a race, where would you be? On your sofa watching it on TV? In the stands? On the sidelines? In the race? Give reasons why.

Are you more likely to strive for excellence in your secular life or in your spiritual life? What factors play into your answer?

Joy is tied to an inward reality of being at peace with God through relationship with Jesus and the Spirit. Joy is also tied to knowing this world is not our home. Read Philippians 3:20 What does Heaven mean to you? 

3. Apply

Read the entire text from the message, Philippians 3:15-4:3. Take time to outline the "stuff to do" and the "stuff to avoid" Of those two categories, which are you currently more active in participation? 

How can you live more as a citizen of Heaven than a citizen of the US this week? What adjustments do you need to make in order to do this? 

Who will you partner with to help along the way in this world this week? 

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - Philippians 3:15-16
Day 2 - Philippians 3:17-18
Day 3 - Philippians 3:19-4.1
Day 4 - James 4:3-10
Day 5 - Romans 12:2

JULY 8TH, 2018

HOW TO KEEP GOING JOYFULLY

PHILIPPIANS 3: 12-14


1. Review

Evaluation and Elimination are important parts of moving forward. And you can only start from where you are. What things come to mind as you evaluate your life that have supreme value and what things do you find can be put aside?

Movement is an important part of life, movement is a sign of life. What areas in life to you deal with being complacent in? Where are you in regard to movement in your life in taking steps toward knowing God more and serving him more fully?

Read Hebrews 12:1-3, what are the simple instructions of these verses? If obeyed, how would these verses change you life? How have you lived these verses out in life recently? How have you seen others live this out?

2. Assess

Read Philippians 3:12-14, In Pauls life he had found supreme value in Jesus, therefore he was willing to stain forward to the high calling. In order to do so, he had to let go of and forget the past. What things tend to hold you back? What in your past are you holding on to? (even good stuff can hold us back)

What does your future look like if there is not change in your life?

When did you discover that Jesus was worth selling out for? What brought you to that point? What have you learned about living life with Jesus?

3. Apply

As a private activity: have everyone do a self evaluation. Where are they in a relationship with God? What do they need to let go of? What do they need to cling too? THEN, encourage conversations about their discoveries and what steps they will take.

Pray for everyone in group to experience victory and persevere in joyful living.


5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - Philippians 3:12-14
Day 2 - Psalm 118:28-29
Day 3 - 2 Timothy 2:10-13
Day 4 - Hebrews 12:1-3
Day 5 - James 1:25

JULY 1ST, 2018

KEEPING MY JOY

Philippians 3:1-11


1. Review

Our level of joy can fluctuate with events in life. What increases your joy most? What event in your life has challenged your joy most? How did you protect your joy or recover your joy in that challenge? What is your greatest distraction to joy currently?

Stabilizing joy is possible, but adjustments need to made. What are some easy adjustments that can be made in order to stabilize joy in your life? What are some more difficult adjustments that can be made? (religious rules and regulations? Preferences?)

Read Psalm 28:7 Use this verse to point out who God is to those who trust in Him. What does trusting the Lord produce in a believer? What are some verses you rely on to accomplish this in your life?

2. Assess

Read Philippians 3:1-7 Work through this text, focus on verses 3-7. What will the flesh do to our joy? Paul was religiously right, theologically trained, passionate about his stance and blameless according to religious norms. But he counted all those things as loss. What do you find hard to let go of to just simply cling to Jesus and leave self behind?

Read Philippians 3:8-10 What do these verses mean and how can you apply them to your current situation? What part is Jesus playing in your life daily?

Philippians 3:10, I want to know Jesus. The word know means to personally experience, it is more than intellectual knowledge. How are you experiencing Jesus in your life?

3. Apply

What adjustments can you make this week to experience freedom and fullness of joy in Jesus?

Take time to pray for one another regarding the answers to the above questions.


5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - Philippians 3:1-7
Day 2 - Philippians 3:8-11
Day 3 - Psalm 94:17
Day 4 - Philemon 1:7
Day 5 - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

JUNE 17TH, 2018

JOY ON THE JOB

Philippians 2:10-30


1. Review

All of life is made up of relationships. Therefore we must become experts on relationships on some level. What are your favorite activities, topics of discussion or qualities in your relationships?

A huge part of relationship is respect. What are some ways you show respect in relationships? Part of showing respect is to show and direct honor to the person. Read Romans 12:10, what does this look like in life?

Having joy on the job can be difficult. How can you improve your level of joy on the job? How can you contribute to the joy of others on the job?

2. Assess

Read Philippians 2:25-30 Epaphroditus is a key player in the church of Philippi and in the life of Paul. He is described having several powerful qualities, what are they as listed in these verses? What does each quality mean?

"E" was there for Paul and now Paul is there for him. On your job, who are you there for? How can you or will you exhibit "being there" for someone on your job?

Read Colossians 3:23-24 How can you live this out daily? How have you seen others live this out?

3. Apply

Relationships, whether at home or work, that thrive will tend to be selfless. What adjustments need to be made to add joy to your work relationships? home relationships?

How can you recognize and reward someone at your work place in order to build them up? How can you do this at home?

Who are you currently praying for, witnessing to or believing God for on your job?


5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - Philippians 2:19-30
Day 2 - Deuteronomy 15:10
Day 3 - Psalm 90:17
Day 4 - Luke 1:37
Day 5 - Colossians 3:17

JUNE 10TH, 2018

JOY IN MY POTENTIAL

Philippians 2:12-18


1. Review

Failing to recognize God’s plan for my life will rob me of the joy intended for me. How has your level of joy been influenced by your ability to do what you were designed to do?

Read Philippians 2:12, especially the last phrase. “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” We can only work out what God has put into us. When did you start taking your walk with God seriously? How did you start? How are you currently growing in that area?

Developing a healthy attitude toward “spending” our lives is important. What does that look like in your life? How are you currently giving away your life? What is one action you can do this week?

2. Assess

What are you shaped for? SHAPE is an acrostic for Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. We are all shaped by God to fulfill our purpose.

What are your spiritual gifts? Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 and Ephesians 4:11

What is your heart? What do you love? What excites you?

What are your abilities that can be used to help others?

What is your personality type? How do you relate to others? How do you structure your life? How to you receive and process information? How to you make decisions?

What are your life experiences? Most meaningful? Most difficult? Specific training? How have you previously served or currently serving?

3. Apply

Read Romans 12:1,2

How can you offer God your life this week to provide joy to you as well as others?

 

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one. Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation) 
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - Philippians 2:12-13
Day 2 - Philippians 2:14-16
Day 3 - Philippians 2:17-18
Day 4 - Micah 6:8 - (memory verse)
Day 5 - Haggai 2:6-9