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The Chosen Life, Week 4: Choosing Joy
January 29, 2023
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Philippians 4:4-13

The Chosen Life, Week 4: Choosing Joy

January 29, 2023 / Philippians 4:4-13

Philippians 4:4-5 (NIV)

Question: Do you ever feel “off?”

The Truth of a Chosen Life: Joy is not based on a single moment but rather a constant choice to trust in an optimistic future.

Habakkuk 3:17–18 (NLT)

Rejoice is a choice when we put:

⇒ Prayer over .

Question: Is your first reaction to bad news panic or prayer?

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Matthew 6:27 (NIV)
Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

⇒ Mind over .

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

⇒ Practice over .

Philippians 4:9 (NIV)
James 1:2–4 (NIV)

⇒ Contentment over .

Philippians 4:10–12 (NIV)

⇒ Trust over .

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

Closing Question: Have you found what this world can never ever offer you?

 


 

Theme: The Secret of Contentment

Share Together:

What has been the happiest or most content season of your life? Why?

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from Sunday’s message, and what next step do you think you are to take from what you experienced?

Read & Discuss Together: Philippians 4:4-13
  • How does rejoicing in the Lord and knowing God is near help towards our attitude in being content in all circumstances of our lives?
  • How is worry and discontentment related, and how is prayer an answer to help our anxiousness assist us to transcend our understanding and provide for us?
  • How does Paul encourage us to be proactive in our “thinking of such things” to help find true peace and contentment when we put them into practice? What would be an example of this in your personal experiences?
  • Many people believe they can only be content once they have reached a certain level of economic or social prosperity. How does their view differ from Paul’s example of secret contentment v.11-13, even from a prison?
  • What outside force is most likely to upset your contentment? Since God doesn’t always change our negative circumstances, what can he change in you so contentment is still possible?
  • Re-read v.13. How do you need the strength and provision of Jesus in your life today so that we can pray as a group?
Pray Together:

Share the good things God has done in your/others life, and pray for one another of the needs that you have.

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