Secure Minds, Peaceful Hearts

Philippians 4:2-9

November 13h - 19th, 2016

Warm Up: When we come to faith in Jesus Christ everything becomes new; we move from spiritual death to spiritual life (2 Cor. 5:17). Our ongoing transformation, as stated in Romans 12:2, is rooted in the mind. The places we choose to “park our brains,” and the habits related to our thoughts significantly affect our growth in Christ. A.W. Tozer rightly observed that, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Read Romans 12:2 aloud. In your own journey of transformation in Christ, discuss some of the ways God has given you a secure (stable, settled, and ‘at home’) mind in Him. How has this helped you develop a peaceful heart?

  • Read Philippians 4:2-5 aloud. Why is Paul stressing that these two women ought to work it out? What are the negative affects you have seen disunity have in a family, a business, or in a church community? 
  • Read Philippians 4:6-7 a few times quietly to yourself. If these words are familiar, try to receive them from the Lord in a fresh way. What words, truths, or actions stand out to you here? Discuss.
  • Have their been seasons when anxiety was a real struggle for you? To the degree you are comfortable, share your experience. What was this like for you? 
  • In what ways did you experience the peace of God in the midst of your struggle? 
  • Typically, what has contributed to you experiencing God’s deliverance, freedom, and peace during battles with fear, worry, or anxiety? 
  • Read Philippians 4:8-9 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 aloud. How do we learn to take “every thought captive to obey Christ”? Paul tells us to ‘park our minds’ on 8 specific “whatevers” in verse 8. We are then told to put them into practice in verse 9. 
  • Dwelling on that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy can be challenging. When you consider these, which is the Holy Spirit impressing upon you most? How, specifically, is He inviting you to change your thinking? (For example, someone may struggle with feelings of guilt over their past. That person may need to really focus on truth in this season. Romans 8:1

Wrap Up: The big idea Sunday was that, “When our minds are secure in Jesus, the peace of God will guard us as the God of peace guides us.” We were given three things to practice in order to win the battle with anxiety. This week, how do you plan to put these three things into practice? Where do you need help and prayer? Allow 2 Timothy 1:7 to set the tone as you close in prayer. 

  1. Be Active in Worship
  2. Be Active in Prayer and Thanksgiving
  3. Be Active in Retraining my Thoughts