Monday, August 26, 2013

Questions: Downward Mobility

We provide questions each week based on the theme of our service for our Micro Groups to use. If you're not in a Verve Micro Group, feel free to use them on your own.

This week our series was Life In 140 in which we're studying through the Bible book called Philippians. This week we focused chapter four. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. What is something you've always tried to "climb the ladder" to achieve? Academic achievement? Career success? Popularity or fame? The perfect family?
  2. Read Philippians 2:1-18
  3. It's obvious from the first two verses that unity in the church is incredibly important to God. Why do you think unity is so important to God? How could you be a person who always promotes unity in the church?
  4. We're told to do nothing out of selfish ambition but to be humble, considering others more valuable than yourself. What makes that kind of life so difficult? And why do you think that kind of life could actually be better?
  5. In what ways (verses 5-11) is Jesus the perfect example of "downward mobility"?
  6. What does it say to you that God himself came down to earth and lived a life without selfish ambition, but instead was humble and considered others better than himself?
  7. If we lived lives of service and humility, like Jesus, and without "grumbling or arguing" (verse 14), how would we "shine like stars in the sky" (verse 15) to those who don't know Jesus? What impact might it have on them?
  8. Paul says he was being "poured out like a drink offering" as a "sacrifice" (verse 17). How might a life of putting others first and serving their needs feel that way? Paul says he is glad and rejoices  that he gets to be poured out as a sacrifice. Why was this a source of joy for him?
  9. Accountability Question:   How have I allowed God to show me where I can generously invest my time, talent, and treasure into His Kingdom?
  10. Prayer Question:  What could we be praying for you this week? (Is this there something good we could celebrate with you, or a challenge you need God's help with?)