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Spring 2022

During Spring 2022, we will be looking together, in our morning services at Paul's letter to the Philippians. Below you'll see an introductory video to the letter:



The King with all Authority  -  Matthew 28:11-20

Sermon - 11.15am

  1. If the empty tomb shows Jesus' authority over death, how does this affect our attitude to death? ... and to life (vv11-15)?
  2. Where is our 'kingdom place' where we meet Jesus (v16)?   What is our 'kingdom attitude' when we meet him (v17)?
  3. Over what areas of our lives does Jesus already have authority?  ,,, need to take more authority (v18)?
  4. What is the difference between being a disciple of Jesus and being a member of a golf club*/political party*/Women's Institute*/a military unit* [*delete as appropriate] (v19)?
  5. Share examples of experiencing Jesus 'being with us always' as we proclaim the gospel (v20)?   




Palm Sunday: 10th April

Sermon: Your King comes to you (11.15am)
Passage: Matthew 21:1-11

Connect Group Questions (PDF)



Philippians (8): 3rd April

Sermon: When Contentment is a Mystery (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 4:10-23

Connect Group Questions (PDF)



Mothering Sunday: 27th March

Sermon: A Worldwide Family (11.15am)
Passage: Isaiah 53:4 - 54:3

Connect Group Questions (PDF)



Philippians (7): 20th March

Sermon: When Peace is Absent (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 4:2-9

  1. What are some of the differences between a worldly understanding of peace and a biblical one.  (You might like to read John 14:27, Colossians 1:19-20 and Hebrews 13:20-21)
  2. Has there been a particular time that have you known God's peace to "guard your heart and mind" (especially when it seemed to "surpass all understanding")?
  3. Read verse 5.  Is there someone to whom you need to show more "reasonableness" (patient forbearance, graciousness, gentleness)?  Share as appropriate and pray for the opportunity to do so.
  4. Read verse 6. Discuss how your Group could help one another to reduce anxiety and increase thankful prayer.
  5. Pray and "let your requests be known to God", asking especially that you would "Rejoice in the Lord always".


Philippians (6) - 13th March

Sermon: When standing firm means pressing on (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 3:12-4:1

What was your ambition when you were young? (What did you want to be when you grew up?)
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Phil. 3:12, NIV)

1. Christ Jesus took hold of me.
i) Christ took hold of Saul (Paul) while he was intent on persecuting the followers of Jesus. Think about the change Paul’s encounter with Christ brought in his life and thought (see Phil. 3:3-11).
ii) When did Christ take hold of you? Was there a particular moment or was it a gradual process? (Perhaps one or two members can share with the rest of the group).

2. … that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
iii) What was Paul’s overriding ambition, according to Philippians chapter 3?
iv) Have your ambitions changed since you came to know Christ? How?

3. I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
v) At different stages of life we face different challenges to pressing on: busyness, distractions, tiredness, discouragement. How can the group pray for you to press on?
vi) Read verses 17-20. We all need examples to follow. It’s easy for us to drift into a lifestyle of self-service and comfort, rather than to follow Christ’s example of sacrificial love shown at the Cross (see Phil. 2:5ff). As a Connect Group how can we be better at helping one another press on in our relationship with Christ? What one thing will you do differently as a group from now on?

Prayers
  • Pray for one another that we would all press on together.
  • Pray for those attending the Christianity Explored group. Give thanks and ask the Lord to help those attending to put their trust in Him. Pray for the leaders: Lewis & Naa; Bob & Janet.
  • Let’s continue to pray for Ukraine and her people.
 


Philippians (5) - 6th March

Sermon: When profit is loss (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 3:1-11

  1. How would you explain what 'Joy' is? What does the Bible say about Joy? How has Paul used the idea of Joy / Rejoicing in his letter to the Philippians? Does Joy really come from putting your 'confidence' in the right place?
  2. What are some of the things that steal your joy? In what ways do you find yourself putting your confidence in 'the wrong place'?
  3. Consider the idea, that for many of us we put our faith in "our faith". What things do you find make or break your faith? Why is Paul's faith able to persevere through his sufferings?
  4. In v.9 Paul talks about two types of righteousness; What are they? How are they different? Which one is best? Which one do we find easier to accept?
  5. Paul begins this chapter with an invitation to Rejoice! Turn the truths of this passage into prayers of praise and that our joy might be infectious to others!

 

Philippians (4) - 27th February

Sermon: When sacrifice is costly (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 2:12-30

  1. When considering your walk with Jesus, where would you put yourself on a sliding scale from 'Costly' to 'Comfortable'?  Share as honestly as you feel able.
  2. Read verse 12.  What will it look like for you to (continue to) "work out your own salvation" this week?  Try and be as specific as you can. 
  3. Read verses 14 and 15.  Where would you particularly like to "shine as a light in the world" in the coming weeks?  You might like to share a difficult situation that the group could be praying about. 
  4. Pray, pray, and pray some more for all the above. 


Philippians (3) - 20th February

Sermon: When up is down (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 2:1-11

  1. "The duty of a leader is to serve their people" - Elon Musk. Is this true? Why is it true? Could it be true without Jesus?
  2. What do you think of when you hear the word "humility"? In what ways does Jesus' example change of confirm these ideas?
  3. Why does Paul want the church to share "the mind of Christ"?
  4. How will "being of one mind" change you? Do I need to; listen more closely to Jesus, say sorry to someone, be an encourager, find ways to serve others...? (think about v. 3-4)
  5. How does reflecting on the example of Christ lead us to worship him? Why does Paul's conclusion (v.9-11) give us confidence and hope?


Philippians (2) - 13th February

Sermon: When prospects are bleak (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 1:12-30

  1. As appropriate, share a time where prospects have been bleak for you.  What sort of things did you feel?  Where did you turn for help?
  2. In verse 21, Paul writes, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."  Why might this be a difficult thing for us to say?  (Think about both parts of the sentence.)
  3. In what ways is this passage a great comfort when we are challenged, and a great challenge when we are too comfortable?  Are there any specifics for you to act on?
  4. Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 and use it as a springboard for prayer. 
 

Philippians (1) - 6th February

Sermon: When God is at work (11.15am)
Passage: Philippians 1:1-11

As we begin a new series together why not prepare by looking at the bigger picture; perhaps you could read or listen to the whole of the letter (it takes about 15min), watch the Bible Project introduction (see above), or you could watch 'To the Ends of the Earth' a dramatization of Paul's visit to Philippi (about 40 mins).

  1. Have a skim through Acts 16 - what factors caused the church in Philippi to begin? This new church is diverse - how should their experience encourage us to be a welcoming church?
  2. Paul begins his letter with thankfulness. If you were writing a letter thanking someone for their support in your faith; who would you write to and what things would you be thankful for?
  3. How can serving be joyful? Consider what Paul says to the Philippians, and share your own experiences where 'partnership' has been a blessing to you.
  4. "When God starts something, he finishes it" - how does this truth (v.6) give you comfort in the face of trials or sin?
  5. Of the three things which God creates; Gospel Community, Joyful Partnership and Confident Hope - which do you need most in your life right now. Use these answers, and the words of the passage as a springboard to pray for each other and the wider church family.
Extra: Why not write someone a letter! Maybe to share what you are praying for them or to express thanks to them.

 
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All Saints is an anglican church with a strong evangelical tradition serving the parish of Lindfield in the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex. 

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