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Consecration Prayer

Working Out what God has put in our Hearts | ONE JOY | 1.22.23

Series: ONE JOY

Speaker: Phil Carnuccio

January 22, 2023
Philippians 2:12-13'>Philippians 2:12-13

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  1. Doing Life

As a church family, we care about each other’s lives: what we’re celebrating, what we’re mourning, what decisions we are praying through, and everything in between 

(1 Thessalonians 2:8, Romans 12:10, 15). Suggested time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing? 
  • What can you thank God for this week?
  • When were you most aware of Jesus’ presence this week? When were you least aware of Jesus’ presence this week?
  • Do you have any practical needs?
  1. Jesus Centered

God uses His Word to reveal Himself to us, equip us to live the good life He’s designed for us, show us our sin, and strengthen us as we follow Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 1:9-12, and James 1:22-25). Suggested Time: 20-40 minutes 

(Sermon Discussion Questions) Living with the exalted Jesus in our hearts.

Primary Scripture Passage: Read Philippians 2:12-13

12) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13) for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure (ESV).

  • What does it mean to “work out” your salvation to its full completion? How do we often misinterpret this verse?
  • Discuss this G.K. Chesterton quote: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
  • Are you spiritually “working out” on a daily basis, as you would your body at the gym? How can we do this?
  • What does it look like to have the right spiritual “attitude”?  How does this relate to “fear and trembling”?
  • What does it look like to surround yourself with the right people for spiritual growth?
  • If God’s desires are our desires, does spiritual growth feel like work or joy?  What does it feel like for you? 
  1. Engaging the Heart

Jesus calls us to walk in the light, confessing our sins to God and each other. God’s Spirit works through confession and community to lead us to repentance. (Romans 3:23-24, James 5:16 and 1 John 1:5-10) Suggested Time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing abiding with Jesus this week in Scripture and prayer? 
  • What sin do you need to confess to God? What are you struggling to trust Jesus with this week? How can you give Him control of it? (As people confess sin, make sure to remind one another of the good news Jesus offers.)
  1. Expanding the Kingdom

Just like God the Father sent Jesus on a mission of reconciliation for us, Jesus sends us out as ambassadors of His reconciliation. We are called to make disciples wherever we go. (John 20:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Suggested time: 10-20 minutes

  • People: Who in your life can you be building with right now? What does that look like during this season? 
  • Plan: Are there any rhythms planned (virtual or in-person) that we can invite these friends into? What spiritual conversations do you want to initiate with them soon? 
  • Pray: Let’s pray for our people by name; pray for their needs, opportunities to connect, and opportunities to have spiritual conversations that help them take next steps toward Jesus.

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