The Church isn’t a building, it’s a people. It isn’t something we go to, it’s who we are. It’s what we do. Jesus came to create a movement that would change the world, a people that would become outposts of God’s kingdom on Earth, the family of God.
Like every family, this one would have clear identifiers, family traits. And the greatest one of all was made clear by Jesus: our love. We wouldn’t be known by our beliefs; we would be known for what we gave, for thinking of ourselves less and others more. We would be known by a word that before Christ was an insult. We would be humble.
1. What are some common bad ideas and beliefs about what the Church is? What has contributed to those bad ideas, and how have they (the belief that the Church is a building or thing we go to) impacted those inside the Church? How is it impacted by those who are outside of the Church?
2. Kids practice for life by playing pretend, using their imagination, and acting out the profession of their dreams. How would replacing the dream of becoming a firefighter or a princess with one of being like Jesus impact the way you see your life, the people in it, or even the obstacles you may be facing?
3. In the ancient world humility was a negative idea. It was looked down upon as an attitude for slaves and conquered people. How does the world we live in compare to the world of Paul and the church at Philippi? Why do you think that is?
4. Paul’s message to the Philippians seems basic to us. It essentially reads, “Be nice to each other, don’t fight, be a unified team, and put others first.” But he uses the story of Jesus to demonstrate the extreme that Jesus calls us to (Philippians 2:5-11). Do you find that extreme example uncomfortable? Convicting? Why or why not?
5. Most Christians would agree with the statement that we will never regret what love compels us to give away. But most of us also come prepared with our excuses when we are asked to give or do something more than we currently are. Why do you think that is?
6. When was the last time you gave of your time, your life, your finances and it was truly a sacrifice outside of what is culturally and socially expected of you?