Paul is in prison facing the real possibility of death. The Philippian church is concerned for him, but Paul encourages them by saying, “Thanks. But I want you to know something. ‘For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.’” That was Paul’s mission statement. And it shaped and dictated his life regardless the circumstances.
When we focus on Jesus Christ in our day-to-day lives, we discover our life has purpose and meaning that outweighs any accomplishment.
Note to LifeGroup facilitator
At the end of the discussion allow some time for your participants to write out a mission statement for their lives. Have them share it.
- What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
- What does it mean to live for Christ?
- Read Philippians 1:19-26. How do these verses show us about how Paul lived for Christ? How can we apply these principles to our lives so we can also really live for Christ?
- What are practical ways we can live for Christ today? What can we do in our lives to make Jesus look all-satisfying and our ultimate source of joy?
- In what ways has God been challenging or teaching you to trust his plan for your life and not your own plans? How can we learn to faithfully trust and obey God’s plan for our life even when it leads to trials and suffering?
- What is something that you would like to accomplish before you die? How can Christ be exalted in that goal/accomplishment?
Take a few minutes to write out your own personal mission statement. Make sure it’s personal, practical and purposeful.
As you close in prayer have each individual pray about their future, and ask God to use their mission statement for His purpose.