Small Group Discussion Guide
-A Profit and Loss Statement-
Share a time in your life when you engaged in an activity that took a lot of time and effort, but you later realized it was a complete of waste of time. What did you learn from that experience?
Read James 4:14 and Psalm 90:10-12
- How do you determine your priorities when it comes to the use of your time?
Read Philippians 3:7
- What things do you now consider useless that you used to consider valuable (or vice versa)?
Read Philippians 3:8-9
- Paul says he considers all things “rubbish” (dung, manure) in comparison to knowing Christ. Do you see that big of a disparity between the priority of your relationship with Christ and all the other priorities in your life (work, school, hobbies, etc.)? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to “know Christ” in the midst of all the activities you’re called to do in life? [NOTE: This is not a simple question to answerJ, but take some time to discuss various ways that Christians can grow in their relationship with Christ]
Read Philippians 3:9
- Paul says our righteousness doesn’t come from us keeping the law, but rather it’s given to us by God when we put our faith in Jesus. Why do you think people like to lean on their own righteousness rather than accept Christ’s righteousness?
Read Philippians 3:10
- Paul talks about three areas where he wants to know Christ at a deeper level... the power of the resurrection (He wants Christ’s power in his life), sharing in Christ’s sufferings (suffering for the sake doing what is right) and becoming like Jesus in his death (which means Paul wants to die to the power of sin in his life – i.e. overcome sin). Which of these three would you most desire for your life (Christ’s power, suffering for doing the right thing or overcoming sin)? Why?
This week, once/day, intentionally pause and invite Jesus into your daily routine. Maybe it’s at work, or the gym, or with your family. Slow down and recognize Christ’s presence with you, and ask Him to help you with whatever you’re doing.