Having Confidence When Life is Hard!
"19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again." (Philippians 1:19-26, ESV)
Paul was confident in the prayers of others!
“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,” (Romans 15:30, ESV)
“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:16, NASB)
Paul was confident in the Holy Spirit!
“19 do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matt 10:19-20, ESV)
“20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory…” (Ephesians 3:20-21, ESV)
Paul was confident in Jesus Christ!
“20 ….Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.”
“It's not that your desire for pleasure is too strong. Your desire for pleasure is too weak. You are settling for trinkets when you could have the King! ~ C.S. Lewis
LIFE GROUP NOTES SESSION 4
NO MATTER WHAT!
What might the church look like today if our mindset was, no matter what I will live for God’s glory and nothing will rob me of my joy in Christ Jesus?
BIBLE STUDY NOTES
Who have been some of the most impactful leaders/teachers/mentors in your life? What have you learned from each of them?
Who are some examples of everyday cruciformity that you are prone to miss?
If someone examined your life to discover what it means to look like
Jesus, how well would that work out for them?