Why is pursuing our own interests not helpful in finding joy?
Paul called the church at Philippi to complete his joy by pursuing unity with one another. What specific areas of unity did Paul desire for them? How can followers of Jesus show their unity in practical ways?
Read Philippians 4:2-3. Are any of you in a situation like this right now? If so, how have you tried to resolve the conflict? How can one fractured relationship divide a community?
Popular wisdom says “looking out for #1” is the path to joy. Real-life experience begs to differ. Paul says the root cause of relational challenges is the failure to put others first. Read Philippians 2:3-4. What does it mean to consider someone “better than yourself” (v. 3)? Share a time when putting someone else first brought you and them great joy.
Humility is not something we are born with; it is something we choose to put on. Why is humility a difficult thing to choose? What does this tell us about ourselves?
Jesus intentionally took an unnatural path to joy. He chose the path of downward mobility. Though culture often views humility as a weakness, in what ways did Jesus’ humility convey and require strength? What are the benefits of choosing this “counter-cultural, counter-intuitive way of Jesus”?
What is one thing you need to empty yourself of this week to become more Christlike?
Close by reading Philippians 2:9-11 and spending some time in prayer for each other.