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Passion For And Partnership With God's People

February 14, 2021 Speaker: Van Michael Komatsu

Passage: Philippians 1:3–1:8

Click here for our sermon discussion questions or see them listed below. We highly encourage you to listen, think, and talk about the sermon. These are questions you can reflect on by yourself, with your family, or with your small group. 

 

Discussion Questions 

  1. As Paul wrote to the Philippians from jail, he remembers and longs for them with great love, passion, gratitude and affection. Describe the level of passion you have for God’s people at Hawaii Kai Church.  Is that passion for just a few of your closest friends?  Or for all of God’s people?  Why do you think it is important for Christians to share the Apostle Paul’s passion for the people of God?
  2. We have the choice to view our church and its people primarily through flesh centered pessimism or God centered optimism.  Paul chose the latter.  Why is it important and necessary to see your fellow Christians with God centered optimism?  What does this look like practically?
  3. In our sermon today, we heard that “presence grows affection”.  What do you think this means?   Why do you think some people tend to pull away from the church rather than gravitate towards it?  If this is you, or you know someone like this, why do you think the author of Hebrews (in 10:25) exhorts his readers not to neglect meeting together?  Why is the corporate gathering of believers so important to the Christian? 
  4. How can a partnership in a shared mission and life goal lead to greater passion and love for one another?  (It might help to think about a sports team or an army platoon.)  Why should a partnership in Gospel ministry forge the strongest kind of bonds in the lives of Christians?  What are some things that could threaten that partnership?  How does the focus of question #2 lessen these threats?
  5. As a result of today’s message, how will you pursue a greater passion for God’s people?  How will you ensure an increasing pursuit of Gospel partnership with God’s people such that the advance of the Gospel becomes the greatest goal, pursuit and love of your life?