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Stories of Unfinished Jesus’ Story Andy Averill November 4th & 5th, 2017

Philippians 1:6 “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Jesus’

in life, becomes our

in life.

Philippians 2:14-16 What is the purpose of your life? Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:5 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:6-11 “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heave and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Jesus

to live with humility.

Romans 10:9-10, 13 Jesus’ life Jesus Philippians 2:12-13

what humility is. humility.

Small Group Discussion Questions Read Philippians 2:1-4 1. Explore the phrases in verse 1. What encouragement do you receive from being united with Christ? What comfort do you gain from his love? What fellowship do you enjoy from the Holy Spirit? 2. Share an example of when someone had tenderness and compassion for you or you showed those traits to someone else. 3. What are some groups you are a part of where it is important to be liked minded? Why would that be important for a church community? 4. Name 2 practical ways that you could “consider others as better than yourself” in your family, with friends or coworkers. 5. How can these verses tie into the Unfinished season at RiverGlen? Read Philippians 2:5-11 1. Talk about why you think God & Jesus made the choice to come to earth as a person and die on the cross for us. What other choice could they have made to save people from the consequence of sin? 2. Based on these verses, what would it look like for our attitude to be like Christ’s? Read Philippians 2:12-18 1. What do you think it means to work out your salvation (v12)? According to verse 13, what is available to us? 2. Paul challenges us to be “like-minded” or unified in v. 2. How do traits like selfish ambition (v.3) and grumbling &

complaining (v. 14) destroy unity? Give practical examples 3. How does a lack of selfish ambition and complaining cause us to “shine like stars in the universe”? 4. How does the Unfinished season at RiverGlen require us as a church to be unified? Read Philippians 2:19-30 1. What did Paul appreciate about Timothy? What can we do to be a friend like Timothy? 2. Why was Paul willing to give up Epaphroditus’s company when he relied on him so much? 3. Timothy and Epaphroditus served Paul and the Philippian church. What are the ways you most like to serve? Explain your answer. a. Teaching others b. Doing practical things to help others c. Giving to help others material needs d. Giving others wise counsel e. Other As we enter into the second half of Unfinished, how do you feel God prompting you to join in the mission?