A LIFE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

PHILIPPIANS 1:27-30

JOB 1:6-12

Life together should demonstrate the value and worth of the Gospel of Christ.

I. STANDING TOGETHER (1:27-28)

A. Citizens of a Different Kingdom (1:27a; cf. Acts 23:1)

B. Contending for the Gospel (1:27b; cf. Philippians 4:3)

C. A Double Sign (1:28; cf. Acts 18:8-10)

II. SUFFERING TOGETHER (1:29-30)

A. The Grace of Suffering (1:29; cf. 1 Peter 4:19; Romans 8:32; Philippians 2:9)

B. Mutual Suffering (1:30; cf. 1 Thessalonians 2:2)

C. The Standing and Suffering Messiah (1 Peter 2:21-23)

D. A Table for Citizens

DISCUSSION STARTERS

1. Monday—Discuss how our lives bear witness to which kingdom we belong. What does it look like to be a good citizen in God’s kingdom?

2. Tuesday—Why would Paul’s command to “behave as citizens worthy of the Gospel of Christ” be subversive to the Philippians? Is it possible to live a life worthy of the Gospel by yourself?

3. Wednesday—Why should you not be afraid of those who would oppose us? What sign is given to them and what sign is given to us? Why is it important that we know it comes from God?

4. Thursday—Discuss what “For it has been granted to you...” means in verse 29. What kind of granting is it? Which character(s) in the Bible does this remind you of?

5. Friday—What can suffering teach us? Are you ever alone in your suffering?