Housegroup questions on Philippians 2:1-13


Housegroup questions on Philippians 2:1-13

Some questions about Jonathan’s sermon for you to choose from.

What does ‘humility’ (v3) look like in our everyday lives?

What does it mean, in practical terms, to look ‘to the interests of others’? (v4)  How can we get the balance right between looking to ‘own interests’ while also looking ‘to the interests of others?’

How helpful do you find the description of the person and work of Jesus in vv6-11? Does it inspire you, daunt you, or just not seen very relevant to your everyday life?

Jonathan said that it’s a contradiction in terms to say ‘No, Lord.’  Would anyone in the group like to share about a time when they felt ‘called’ to do something, but said ‘No.’  How did saying ‘No’ feel at the time? What were the consequences of this decision?

What is your understanding of what it means to ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ (v12)

What is the connection between this, and receiving salvation as a glorious gift of grace?

How would you respond to someone who said ‘Jonathan spoke about overcoming temptation and habitual sins. I just keep failing and falling, and I feel I am an utter failure.  Help me!’

Some members of the group may wish to share about times they have sensed ‘fear and trembling’ (v12)  in a religious context.  Can these ever be positive experiences?

Discuss your personal experiences of ‘God working in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.’  (v13) Probably everyone in the group will have a different understanding of what this ‘feels like’ or ‘looks like’ in their own lives. For some people there may be no particular sense of God at work – that’s OK too. Just share it like you see it.

Supposing someone said ‘I find this passage really crushing and depressing me. It tells me all the things I ought to be doing. No matter how much I try to do, I feel I haven’t done enough, and frankly I feel a failure. Sermons like Jonathan’s give me hope, but after a few days things revert to normal. Surely there’s more to Christian faith than this?’  How might you help this person?

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