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Delivered By
Cole Netwton
Delivered On
August 5, 2018
Central Passage
Philippians 1:21
Subject
Philippians Week 8
Description

COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY GUIDE

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

Philippians 1:21 | For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

OPENING THOUGHT

Having studied the immediate passage containing verse 21, we have embarked upon a two-part excursus into mining out the meanings of that verse’s two phrases. Thus, in our previous study, we attempted to explain and apply Paul’s idea that to live is Christ. I, to no degree, believe that we successfully explored the depths of that clause, but I do pray that I have provided a slight glimpse of how significant that thought truly is.

The same is true for our present study of the second clause, to die is gain. Whole books might be written about this truth, so we will not pretend to have seen all there is to see. Yet we will attempt to explore and map out some of this mighty notion.

For being the natural end of all things, few things feel quite as unnatural as death. Yet Paul’s view of dying is the exact opposite; in fact, he boldly declares that death is gain. By this he means that there is an advantage to be found in dying. Death is not a loss but, rather, a gain. Dying benefits the Christian.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Read Philippians 1:21 and discuss the following.

  1. Which verses stood out most to you as you read Philippians 1:21 this week? Why? What do these verses teach you about who God is?
  2. Why is death gain for the Christian?
  3. How is death both gain and a grievous evil?
  4. In what ways does having a hope beyond this life cause you to live differently now?

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Because all Scripture profits us through teaching, reproving, correcting, and training us, reflect upon the studied text, and ask yourself the following questions about the present text.

  • What has God taught you about Himself?
  • What sin is God convicting or reproving you of?
  • How is God correcting you?
  • How is God training and equipping you for righteousness?