People Like Him

Philippians 2:19-30

October 23rd - 29th, 2016

Warm Up: Pastor George gave us a wonderful illustration of the use of “Stepping Stones,” how they allow us to move over uncertain or rough terrain. Spiritually, he asked who in our lives has been a “Stepping Stone” in leading us to a closer walk with Jesus.    What person or community has been like a stepping-stone for you? What affect did they have in your life? How did they reflect Jesus or direct you to Him?    

  • Read Philippians 2:19-30 aloud. One of our goals in this series is to grow in how we reflect Christ. As you read these verses we are introduced to two of Paul’s disciples: Timothy and Epaphroditus. 
  • What terms does Paul use to describe Timothy to the Philippian church (v.20-22)? 
  • Can you describe a time when you felt genuinely cared for? How did you know? How about the opposite? How did you know?   
  • Now consider Epaphroditus (v.25-30) who came to minister to Paul in Rome from the Philippian church. 
  • What type of friend was he? Would anyone be able to describe you this way?
  • In what ways are you most challenged by the examples of Timothy and/or Epaphroditus? 
  • Encourage one another by sharing the qualities you see in one another which remind you of either Timothy or Epaphroditus (the whole group doesn’t necessarily have to share) 
  • These two men had learned a valuable lesson from their stepping-stone, Paul: To grow more like Jesus we must put others’ interests before our own. 
  • Where is God leading you to more fully put another’s interest before your own? (think: marriage, kids, co-workers, people you serve with, etc.) 
  • Read Galatians 6:9-10. Given what you’ve discussed tonight, what is the encouragement you take away from these verses? 

This Week: 1. Spend more time considering how God has loved us through Jesus Christ. Feed upon His deep concern for you. 2. Pray and ask God to identify several people in your life to start to show deep concern for their welfare in Christ. 

Wrap Up: We are not alone in the process of becoming more like Jesus. God, in His grace, has given us people, life circumstances, and spiritual gifts to be armed for the battle. In what ways can your group commit to NOT being like marbles that just bounce off one another, but rather, like grapes which stick together?