Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 19, 2020
Passage: Philippians 4:4-10
This Sunday, Mike began a new series based on Philippians 4:4-10 called Soul Care. In these days of stress and health concerns, we need to make sure we take care of our souls. In this first message, Mike looked at how Paul pointed to the power of joy as one of the keys to overcoming anxiety.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What brought you the most happiness when you were a kid?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. When we are under attack from anxiety, Paul says we should maintain our joy by staying connected with Jesus. Happiness is based on right circumstances in the world, but joy is based on a right relationship with Jesus. What do the following verses teach about the source of joy?
Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Romans 15:13 (ESV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
One pastor defines joy like this: “Joy is not a feeling; it is the deep-down confidence that God is in control of everything for the believer’s good and His own glory, and thus all is well no matter what the circumstances.”
How do you define happiness and joy? What is the difference?
2. Mike said that it’s impossible to be full of self and full of joy at the same time. Do you agree with this? If so, why? What does the following verse from the Amplified Bible translation teach about the joy that comes from serving others?
Acts 20:35 (AMP)
35 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.
Can you think of a time recently when you willingly gave your time or resources to help someone in need? How did it make you feel?
3. In helping the Philippians hang on to their joy, Paul told them to remember that Jesus was near. Sometimes, when life gets tough, it can seem like we are fighting battles on our own. The truth is that God has not left us alone in our trials but that He fights with us. What do the following passages teach you about the presence of God in the life of believers?
2 Kings 6:15-18 (ESV)
15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Psalm 139:7-12 (ESV)
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
2 Corinthians 1:22 (NLT2)
He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.
What daily habits can help you remember that God is with you always?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?