Life Group Guide

By Michael Tiberi | May 12, 2019


Sun, May 12, 2019

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Philippians 4:1-5

Open with a song and prayer. Where is everyone reading these days? 

For kids: Go over memorizing (and explaining) one of the 10 commandments or the Lord's prayer. 

  1. Read Philippians 4:1-5 together.

  2. Jesus says in “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35). As you think about the fighting going on in Philippians 1:1-5, explain how love demands that we talk about hard things and really try to come to unity where we can.
  3. Have you ever walked away from a church because of disharmony without trying to work it out? Why would walking away be sinful?
  4. Paul calls the Philippians “brothers [and sisters]”.  Is a healthy family going to hold grudges against each other? Is it ever right to separate from those in the congregation you don’t click with or get along with?
  5. Please share a situation (changing the names to protect the innocent!) where you had a conflict with another brother or sister, and the biblical steps you took to resolve it.
  6. When Paul calls the believers in verse 1 “my joy and my crown” what does that mean? Can you say to the person next to you that they are your “crown”? Why? How could the people in your local church be your crown and reward when you see Jesus Christ?
  7. Why does Jesus mark the willingness to forgive others as a mark of a true believer in the Lord’s prayer? Mt 6:14-15, “if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
  8. Euodia and Syntyche (verse 3) both fought for the Gospel with Paul and others but are now fighting with each other. How does fighting with people in the Body of Christ hold us back from the Kingdom assignments God has for us?
  9. Talk about the five steps to remove mountains of unforgiveness.

(1) Go straight to Jesus. Psa 61:2, “When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I”

(2) Deal with your own heart: repent & forgive. There may be a very big log in your eye. That’s how Jesus describes it. “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye” (Mt 7:4-5).

(3) If you need to talk, have the right attitude. “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Pet 5:5)

(4) If you know someone is offended, fix it. “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5:23-24).

(5) If you need help, get it. “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” (Mt 18:15-17).

10. Are you in right standing with all your brothers at Living Hope Bible Church and beyond? If not are you willing to follow the path of Biblical reconciliation to get right?