NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (Mar. 23) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. This sermon (entitled “Saved from Start to Finish”) works out of Acts 16.11-40 and Philippians 2.12-13.
To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this particular sermon.
To consider the importance of not only starting life with Christ, but staying with him.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this morning’s sermon.
• “’… what must I do to be rescued?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your entire household.’ … He and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. … He was overjoyed because he and everyone in his household had come to believe in God.” (Acts 16.30-34 CEB)
• … my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2.12-13 NIV)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. As a group, brainstorm synonyms for the word “saved.”
2. Which is most difficult today for most people: coming to, or continuing with, Christ? Why?
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. Have the group read aloud of the start of the church in Philippi. That is, read Acts 16.11-40.
2. Read Philippians 2.1-4,12-18. Make a list of what Christians are to work out in their salvation.
These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.
1. Who were the people who had the greatest influence on your becoming a Christian?
2. Name those who have had the greatest impact on your growth and continuance in Christ.
3. If you were to advise someone just beginning their walk of discipleship, what would you say?
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Using the list you created above (Research, #2), dedicate a different item on that list to receive your special attention and practice daily for one full week during the coming weeks.