LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS:
Have you ever ‘run with the wrong crowd’? What problems did that solve or create, if any?
UNDERSTANDING THE STORY:
1. In v. 4:1-4, Paul uses the expression “in the Lord” three times. How is he using it and to what purpose?
2. In v. 4:1 and vs 1:27, Paul uses the command “stand firm”, which refers to soldiers
closing ranks in a battle to protect each other. He then writes, “in this way”. What does “in this way” refer to?
3. Paul affirms God’s presence in the present tense (vs. 5b) and the future (vs 9). How are Paul’s instructions and the presence of God related in vs. 4-9?
LIVING THE STORY:
1. How does the information and entertainment you receive daily from social media, TV, radio, magazines and books, conversations, etc. fit Paul’s criteria in vs. 8? Think and discuss together how these sources of input affect the way you think.
2. Discuss how Paul’s directives in vs. 4-6 would lead to the results in vs. 7 and vs. 9. Have you experienced God’s peace lately? If so, share an example. If not, talk about why.
3. What does Paul’s oft-used phrase, “in the Lord” have to do with experiencing peace in this life? Talk about how your group can help one another remain in the Lord.
Other messages in this series
|Partnership in the Gospel|| ||Feb 5, 2017||Chap Clark|
|Dying to Live|| ||Feb 12, 2017||Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes|
|United We Stand|| ||Feb 19, 2017||Rev. Todd Clark|
|The Incarnation and Me|| ||Feb 26, 2017||Chap Clark|
|A Spiritual Workout|| ||Mar 5, 2017||Rev. Todd Clark|
|What Do I Really Want|| ||Mar 12, 2017||Chap Clark|
|Waterworks|| ||Mar 19, 2017||Rev. Dr. Bryan Eckelmann|
|Peace in the Struggle|| ||Apr 2, 2017||Rev. Steven Good|