Though Paul is “in chains” as he writes to the Philippian church, the gospel continues to advance.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing from this teaching that you found particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?
- Read and discuss Philippians 1:12-21. What themes do you see in these verses? What can you glean about the nature of man? What do you observe about the nature of the Gospel? What do you observe about Paul's character?
- Why does Paul rejoice, even though he is "in chains"? What application can we glean from this for our own lives?
- Paul indicates that because of his imprisonment, others are becoming bolder for Christ (v. 14). Why does the church seem to expand with the presence of persecution?
- If you had to pick a signature verse for your life, what would it be? Why?
- How would you fill in blanks? "For me, to live is ________, and to die is ________."
- In what ways are you "in prison" or "in chains"? How does the gospel address this? How might the gospel still be advanced despite those chains? Spend some time in prayer for this with your small group.