Father's Day 2019 // Character and Integrity

ICEBREAKER

  • What is the most demanding task you have ever attempted?

  • Why was it important for you to complete that task?

  • Do you think people view living the Christian life as a difficult task? Explain.

INTRODUCTION

Many are curious about Christianity, eager to see how being a Christ follower makes a difference. Fortunately, the grace of God shown to believers, and the Spirit of God living in believers, truly ushers in significant change in Jesus’ followers. Not perfectly so, but definitively so. The call to live according to the gospel to a watching and unbelieving world is not new, as our passage today illustrates. The believers in Philippi were facing opposition and Paul urged them to stand together as one as they lived out their faith for all to see, especially their opponents.

In this week’s message, Pastor Mike talked about the importance of our integrity and character. If we are going to be true disciples we have to allow God to change our character. In this lesson we are going to explore a passage from Philippians where Paul is giving some instructions to the church about showing integrity and character in the face of opposition in order to demonstrate what true faith looks like.

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?

  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?

  • Was there anything that challenged you?

READ

Ask a volunteer to read Philippians 1:27.

  • What characteristics would you identify as evidences that a person or group is walking in a way that is worthy of Christ’s gospel?

  • How are the phrases “stand firm” and “stand side by side” related to walking worthy? Are these qualities or behaviors that you associate with a worthy walk with Jesus? Explain.

  • How are we held accountable today? What makes it so important for believers to be reminded that they are accountable for how they live as individuals and as a group?

NOTES
Paul called on the Philippian believers to live out the gospel as individuals and as a church. When a group of believers consistently live out the gospel, they impact their larger community. Believers are to live lives that are different from those who reject Christ. In doing so, believers demonstrate the worthiness of Christ.

Ask a volunteer to read Philippians 1:28-30.

  • How can we word Paul’s directive in verse 28 in a positive way? What role does confidence in Christ play in facing opposition?

  • How does adversity serve to encourage believers?

NOTE
Paul called on the believers to boldly declare their confidence in Christ when facing opposition to the gospel. Paul assured believers that they would face opposition in some way, just as he was imprisoned by some who opposed him. We can stand with confidence knowing that our salvation is an invaluable gift of God’s grace that is greater than any opposition faced.

Ask a volunteer to read Philippians 2:1-4.

  • How do the actions Paul identified build unity with other believers? How do the actions Paul told his readers to avoid work against unity?

  • In what ways do uniformity and unity differ? How can one tell the difference between uniformity and unity?

NOTE
Paul called on the Philippian believers to give priority to their unity. Our behavior and attitude toward other believers demonstrates this priority and our understanding of God’s grace in our lives. We must be aware of how our behaviors and actions build or destroy unity with other believers for the sake of the gospel.

APPLICATION

  • What in your life needs to change to more clearly demonstrate Christ to others? Who can hold you accountable for living the Christian life in a worthy way?

  • How are you contributing to your church’s unity? In what additional ways can you build unity within your church and with other believers?

PRAYER

Thank the Lord for providing you salvation through the sacrificial death of His Son. Ask Him to help you live a worthy life, standing with confidence and unity for the sake of His gospel.


Brian Otte