This is Living 

Philippians 1:12-26

September 18th - 24th, 2016

Warm Up: Jon opened on Sunday with a few poignant questions: Have you ever wondered if the life you’re living right now is just a glimpse of the life you were created to live? Perhaps you’re perfectly content with everything in your life, but are you open to the possibility that God has more He wants to do in and through you? Try to avoid giving the “spiritual answer,” and share how you might most naturally fill in the blank:

TO LIVE IS __________________ (examples: having a healthy family, financial security, to be happy, to love your work etc.)

  • Read Philippians 1:12-26 aloud as a group. The key verse Jon focused on was 1:21 - “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” - Philippians 1:21 (NIV). The predominant cultural value of our day might be stated as: “to live is self and to die is loss”, or in San Clemente, “to live is beach and to die is bummer.” But when you’re living in Christ, you can lose anything yet have everything.
  • How would you describe this reality to someone outside of faith in Christ? 
  • In what ways have you “lost” in life but found Christ to be more than enough? 
  • Jon made three compelling observations about Philippians 1:21. He said: 
  1. Paul knew who he was

“For to me, to live is CHRIST, and to die is gain.” - Philippians 1:21

2. Paul knew where he was going

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is GAIN.” - Philippians 1:21

3. Paul knew what life was about 

“For to me, to LIVE is Christ, and to die is gain.” - Philippians 1:21

  • Paul knew who he was, where he was going, and what life was about. Which of these poses the greatest challenges to you personally? Why? 
  • How are you challenged or encouraged to grow from this single verse? Be specific.
  • Christianity is not primarily about getting us into heaven but about getting heaven into us! The three words used for LIFE in the New Testament are: Bios (everyday life; biology) Psuche (mind, emotion, will; psychology) and Zoe (uncreated, eternal life, unique to God)
  • Zoe life is the abundant, overflowing, rich and satisfying life that Jesus offers (John 14:6; John 10:10). How does Paul tell us to live out this Zoe kind of life?

Wrap Up: Pray through the following ideas as you close together. 1. What if every area of your life was alive to Christ? What would this be like? 2. Where do you sense God is raising you to new life right now?