Sermon Discussion Questions

Sermon Discussion Questions

Small Group/Interact Questions (March 18)

  1. Read Philippians 3:1-14. How does our effort fit with what God has already accomplished in our lives through Jesus Christ?

  2. Could you ask someone to follow your example as Paul does in v. 17?

  3. Describe the kind of person who is an “enemy of Christ.”

  4. In verse 19 Paul lists four characteristics of one who is an enemy of Christ. What are they? What does each of these statements mean?

  5. What does it mean to be a citizen of America or Canada (or wherever your citizenship is)? How does this translate to your understanding of verse 20?

  6. Why does Paul “eagerly await a savior?”

  7. Citizenship carries with it certain responsibilities. Explain what that looks like based upon Philippians 4:1-3.

Philippians 3:15-4:3

Small Group/Interact Questions (March 11)

  1. It’s been said that no one’s favorite verse is found in this passage. Why do you think something so “mundane” is included in the Bible?

  2. How does this passage fit into the overall flow of the letter to the Philippians?

  3. Who was Timothy? See Acts 16:1-5; 1 Cor. 4:14-17; 1 Tim 1:1-3, 18-19; 1 Tim 4:15-16; 2 Tim 1:1-5.

  4. Epaphroditus is mentioned only in Philippians. What can we learn of him from these few verses?

  5. Whose role was more important  – Paul the theologian and mentor, Timothy the pastor trainee, or Epaphroditus the messenger?

  6. One of the things this passage shows us is that every person is important in the life and work of the church. How do we tend to prioritize some roles over others? What can we do to improve?

“Joy:  A Study in the Book of Philippians”  Philippians 2:19-30