As we prepare for a very different Thanksgiving, what are you lamenting right now?
Read Philippians 4:4-9.
What caught your attention from this passage?
What does it mean to rejoice in the Lord?
Why do you think he specifies “always”? Describe how it might be possible to do this even in hard times.
Why do you think Paul is so serious about showing “gentleness” and “being anxious for nothing”? Why would he mention this in this context? (Hint: how do these two things impact our relationships and connection with others?)
How does praying bring peace? What does it look like for the God of peace to be with someone?
What do our hearts and minds need to be guarded or protected from? What does it mean to be guarded “in Christ Jesus”?
Try and come up with antonyms for each of these adjectives in verse 8. How does this clarify what Paul is talking about?
How might living out verse 8 impact our lives and even our ministry?
Reflect on the promises of verses 7 and 9. How have you experienced the peace of God in the midst of difficult circumstances?
What sorts of things occupy your mind lately? How does your preoccupation with these things affect your relationships? How does it affect your joy in the Lord? How does it impact your experience of having God’s peace in your life?
In light of our conversation tonight, what might God be calling you to this week?
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