Following the presentation from Richard on the morning of Sunday June 6 based on Philippians 2:12 & 13 here are some suggested discussion points for Small Groups and/or personal reflection.

 

Ice Breaker

  • Have you ever met someone famous and, if you have, what did you say to them?

 

Questions

  • Two examples of ‘false obedience’ that were suggested were obedience out of fear (of the consequences) and obedience to impress someone. Can you think of any others?
  • What dangers could come of someone thinking that obeying God enough is what’s needed to ‘go to heaven’?

 

  • When obedience leads to someone’s salvation being ‘worked out’ in their lives, what does that look like?
  • Looking at Galatians 5:16-26, in what ways have you observed Fruit of the Spirit being shown in someone’s life?
  • Is it arrogant to recognise any aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit in your own life?
  • Do you ever see evidence of the work of the Flesh in your life? If so, what do you do about it?

 

  • Do you think there’s a lack of awe and respect for God in your life and/or in general ‘church culture’ or is that an overly negative view?
  • In what ways do you think we can be too familiar with regard to God (Leviticus 10:1-3 may help)?
  • In what ways can awe and respect be negatively communicated and what can be missed by getting this wrong (Luke 15:17-20 may help)?
  • How can we balance our approach toward the very holy, holy, holy God who is very much concerned regarding how we approach Him with the Father who welcomes us with open arms into His family?
    • Is there a contradiction?
    • What role does Jesus play in this?

 

  • Is it wrong to do something for God out of a sense of duty?
  • What, if there is any, is the difference between duty and discipline?
  • What for you inspires a desire to serve/obey God?
  • How much does God love you?

 

Further Reading

  • Looking at Galatians 5:16-26, we see the deeds of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. Elsewhere in scripture, death is described as the wages of sin with eternal life being a free gift (Romans 6:23). Does anything strike you about this?
  • Have you ever wanted to want something or wanted to not want something?