This is Living
Do you have a day from your childhood that you remember as “the best day ever”? Share about that day.
It’s funny to look back on our “best day” and recall how we literally thought life couldn’t get any better than at that moment. Of course those were really fun times, but I think we could all agree that life has become even better since…hopefully. Maybe you've been blessed with great friendships, a community to belong to, job opportunities, a place to live, marriage, a child...and you've realized that life is even better than that perfect day you remember from your childhood. Who would have thought!
Read Philippians 1: 12-26 and then (re-read verse 21 in the NIV)
Sunday’s message focused on Paul’s statement in verse 21. We spent time making three observations centered around this question: “To live is what?”
Observation #1- To Live is TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Paul says, For to me, to live is CHRIST...
Paul knew his identity was IN CHRIST, not in his job, past mistakes, personality type, strengths, weakness, or even what anyone else thought about him.
Do you feel totally confident about who you are in Christ? Do you ever feel the pressure of being something you’re not so that people will like you? Or, that you will feel "worth it?"
How do you think your life would change if you stopped trying to be what others wanted you to be? How would that affect those around you?
Observation #2- To Live is TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING
Paul says, For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is GAIN...
Paul knew where he was going after he died, so he lived with confidence, boldness, and joy.
Do you think about heaven often? Does the thought of heaven excite you or scare you?
If you’re honest with yourself, do you ever live like this is all there is, like there’s no life after this? If so, share how that has plays out in your life.
What would it look like to live with courage instead of fear...knowing confidently where you're going?
Observation #3- To Live is TO KNOW WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT
Paul says, For to me, to LIVE is Christ...
Because Paul knew who he was and where he was going, he knew what life was really about...LIVING the Christ-life.
As followers of Christ, we should be the most joyful, passionate, loving, kind, and generous people in the world AND there shouldn’t be an ounce of pride within us, because this life isn’t something we earned, it is from God alone!
Do you think people around you clearly know what you believe “life is all about” based off your actions and words?
The word used here for "live" is ZOE in the Greek. ZOE life is the eternal, abundant, overflowing, rich and satisfying life that only Jesus offers (see John 10:10...the word for life is ZOE again). The Bible tells us that many people are merely existing, but only Jesus followers are truly living.
Are you truly experiencing and overflowing the ZOE life? If not, in what specific ways would you like to?
LIVING IT OUT:
- Take 5 minutes to sit quietly.
- Ask God how he specifically wants you to live a Zoe life for him, not someday, but now.
- Listen, God wants to speak to you!
- If you feel comfortable, share whatever you feel God has put on your heart.
- Lay hands and pray over each person that shares.