Sermon Study Notes: Joy in the Christian Life

We invite you to go deeper in your personal reflection and response to this week's sermon through these study notes and application questions. Take some time this week to read the sermon texts in their full context and study out on your own what we have been learning together at gathering.

If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Joy in the Christian Life

Important announcement There will be no 9am gathering this Sunday. We will be gathering at 10:45am only since many of our members and volunteers will be away at Women's retreat. We hope to see you at 10:45!

Sermon Text:

Philippians 2:12-18

Additional Readings: 

  • Hebrews 3:12-15

  • Genesis 32:22-32

  • Romans 8:28

  • Psalm 84:11

  • James 1:2

Application Questions: 

  • Is the Christian life different than you thought it would be? In what ways is it different or the same as what you thought?

  • Knowing that it is God who works in you (vs. 13), what does it mean to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (vs. 12)? How does this play out in your daily life?

  • Where do you see God working in your life? What specific things (including your own actions) do you see Him using to change your heart and desires to be more like Christ.

  • We are commanded to do all things without grumbling. Erik reminded us that in moments that we would normally grumble, we should instead remind ourselves of promises from God. Spend some time this week identifying times when you are most prone to grumble (even inwardly). Which specific promises of God found in Scripture can help you during that time? If you get stuck, look at the texts that we read on Sunday for help.

  • Spend time this week memorizing a verse with a promise from God on it. Use this verse as a reminder to find joy in the gospel in your everyday life, instead of grumbling or complaining about difficulties that you may be facing. This will help you, as Erik encouraged us Sunday: "In suffering and difficulty look for joy in Christ not an escape from circumstances."


God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In suffering and difficulty look for joy in Christ not an escape from circumstances. - Erik Ripley

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith a part of your growth in Him.

We have a playlist on Spotify, including some of the songs we will be singing together at gatherings this Fall. If you'd like to listen to these songs at home or on the go you can listen on Spotify here.