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Facing People I'm With

Must I be with these people?

Application:

As Christians, God wants us to love, serve and care for other people.

Materials:

For each young person:
A printed copy of the Study Sheet below.
Bibles or printed-out copies of Philippians 2:1-30.
Pens of pencils.

Click here for the Study Sheet

Text:

Philippians 2:1-30.

Memory Verse:

John 13:35, "By this shall all men know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another."

 

Introduction:

The people Paul had to do with often let him down and disappointed him in his ministry.  He expressed this in verse 21, "For everyone looks out for his own interests, but not those of Jesus Christ."  However, in this chapter, Paul shows how to treat people in a way that will please Jesus.

Paul's Situation and Advice:

Divide the group into small teams of three to five people.  Let them discuss the following the Study Sheet questions.  A set of possible answers are given as a guide for the teens.

  1. We all have problems with people, so without mentioning names, share why they make your life unpleasant.
  2. The leader can compile a list of these, such as bossy, selfish, irritates me etc.
  3. What can we learn from verses 1-11 of Jesus' example and pattern of relationships?
  4. He thought of others (v4-6), He served others (v7), and He humbled himself (v8).
  5. What can we learn from verses 12-18 of Paul's example and God's power to love others?
  6. God gave him power within to love others (v13), and a purpose to live for (v14-16).
  7. What can we learn from verses 19-24 of Timothy's example and proof of God's power?
  8. God's power to care for others (v20) and serve them (v22).
  9. What can we learn from verses 25-30 of Epaphroditus' example and the pain of loving?
  10. He longed to see to the welfare of others (v26), and risked his life for them (v30).
Discussion Time:

When the teams are finished, let them select a team member to report back the team's findings.  Record the consensus on the whiteboard and discuss any points that need clarification.

Self Evaluation:
Get the teens to sit apart from one another and then prayerfully evaluate themselves as to their relationships with other people, and especially how they will treat those who make their life unpleasant.

Conclude with a prayer for action and that the teens will take to heart what they have studied and decided to do.

God Bless!
 

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