"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

April 7, 2019

This Sunday will be our reflection service for Philippians. In place of a sermon, we will be inviting you to stand and testify to how the word of God has been at work in you through this series. Paul prayed for and expected the word of God to be “at work.”

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

Would you take some time this week to prayerfully reflect on how Philippians has been at work in your heart and life? You might begin by rereading Philippians to refresh your memory. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see how God’s word has been at work.

Here are just a few sample questions that might help you reflect.

  • In what ways do you see God bringing to completion (even in small steps) the good work he began in you (1:6)?
  • Have you seen love abounding more and more among the people of Grace (1:9)? Is there a story you can share of how you’ve seen this?
  • How has God been helping you “flip the script” on how you view circumstances of your life that you feel “chained” to (1:12)? How has God been helping you be able to say, “Grace, I want you to know that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel by…”?
  • How has Jesus become more beautiful and “highly exalted” in your heart (2:9)?
  • In what areas of your life has God been bringing repentance and causing “fruit of righteousness” to grow?
  • How has God been helping you “put no confidence in the flesh” but instead, rest more fully upon “the righteousness from God that depends on faith” (3:3, 9)?
  • What are the things that “lie behind” that God is helping you “forget” (3:13)?
  • Is there someone at Grace who has been an example worthy of imitating as they are imitating Christ?
  • How has the Lord been giving you his peace “which surpasses all understanding” as you have been making your requests known to God (4:6-7)?
  • How have you been “learning” the secret to being content in your own life (4:11)?

Would you pray for the people of Grace as we prepare this week and consider whether the Lord has given us a testimony to share?

Thank you, Grace. See you Sunday!

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)