Small Group Discussion Guide
- What would you say is the world’s definition of “the good life”?
- What is your definition of “the good life”?
1. Read II Corinthians 11:21-27
- Share a time when you had to endure physical suffering and how you responded in the midst of it. How does Paul’s example of endurance in the face of physical suffering impact you?
2. Read II Corinthians 11:28-30; I Thessalonians 2:7-8; II Timothy 1:15: II Timothy 4:16
- Share a time when you carried an emotional burden that was heavy, and how you responded in that situation.
3. Read Ephesians 6:10-12
- What do you think Paul meant when he said “our struggle is not against flesh and blood…”?
4. Read II Corinthians 2:1-9
- Paul endured great spiritual warfare. He was given a ‘thorn in the flesh,’ that he describes as a ‘messenger’ (Greek word ‘angel’) of Satan. This demon was assigned to Paul to keep him humble, because of the great revelations he experienced. Why do you suppose God allowed this?
5. Read II Corinthians 2:9-10
- Do you “delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties”? Why or why not? Why did Paul boast and delight in those things?
6. Read Acts 9:15-16
- The theme of the book of Philippians is living a joyful, fulfilling life – ‘living the good life.’ Why do you think God chose Paul (who suffered so intensely) to write a book about joy?
- ‘Joy is not dependent on our circumstances.’ What action steps will you take this week in order to live out this truth?