Scripture Reference for this week: Philippians 4:4-7
1. Paul calls us to "Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS". In fact Paul re-emphasizes this idea by saying it again, "Rejoice!" (4:4). How can we find ways in our daily journey to truly rejoice in both the times that are good and the times that are not so good?
2. Paul writes, "Let your gentleness be EVIDENT to ALL. The LORD IS NEAR" (4:5). What are some ways that you can express your gentleness to those that you come in contact with on a daily basis? How do we react with gentleness differently to friends and neighbors versus the way we respond to strangers? What is the EVIDENCE in your life that reflects this attitude of Christ?
Has there every been a time that you received gentleness from someone and you were not expecting it? How did you respond?
3. Paul says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God" (4:6). How do you search for direction to make decisions during this time of uncertainty in our world? Have you been experiencing anxiety surrounding these situations: school schedules, work schedules, Coronavirus, presidential election, etc.. ?
If you have children, have you sat down and spent time talking to them about their anxiety for the current situations surrounding their lives? Have you spent time praying together as a family to relieve the stress and anxiety that may be surrounding your home.
4. As we close this series on Philippians, Paul says that through prayer and petition, "the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (4:7). How can we continue to transform our thinking to be more like Jesus? Realizing that God walks near us every day, how can we seek opportunities to share love and hope to a world that continues to ask for direction?