Will I Be Happy When My Problems Disappear?
Christ-followers should never be frightened by opponents of the gospel. We must stand fast in times of persecution and never give way. Furthermore, in the face of appalling attacks on morality and Christianity in our culture with accompanying anti-God propaganda, Christians should take the lead in trying to reverse the trend.
Philippians 1:27-30 (NASB)
27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one [a]mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Acts 5:41 (NASB)
41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (NASB)
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
2 Timothy 3:12 (NASB)
12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Psalm 133:1 (NASB)
A Song of Ascents, of David.
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
1. Pastor Jeff quoted Elisabeth Elliot, “…I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.” Can you relate to this quote? If so, why?
2. The Bible teaches us that even while suffering, we can experience joy. Provide examples of this truth.
3. Verse 27 was highlighted this morning, “conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” What specific conduct is Paul eluding to in this verse?
4. Most believers have at least dual citizenship. Identify those citizenships.
5. Identify some of the benefits we have as citizens of the Kingdom of God. Now list some of the responsibilities we have as citizens of God’s Kingdom.
6. Paul talks about “priorities.” List your three greatest priorities in order of importance.
7. List as many activities as possible that suggest you are a citizen of heaven.
8. Central to the Book of Philippians is the advancement of the Gospel. Please remember we are ALL called to advance the Gospel. How specifically are you fulfilling the Great Commission of advancing the Gospel?
9. Pastor Jeff stated that Christianity is not a playground but a battlefield. Define the battlefield Pastor Jeff was alluding to.
10. If Christianity is a battlefield, that makes Christians combatants in that battle. How are you equipped to do battle in that arena?
All Christians are called to advance the Gospel. Our prayers should first focus on understanding that truth, then allow the Holy Spirit to validate in us that we, under His influence, are capable of fulfilling that call. Lastly, pray for the opportunity to exercise the gifts given you to in some way minister the truths of the Gospel in a timely and loving fashion. Remember, you can’t save anyone, you are called to simply share the Good News! Then LISTEN for HIS response!