ROOTED IN "GENTLENESS"
That we would embody the gentleness Christ displayed in humbling himself, by taking on the form of a servant.
Gentleness flows from a humble heart that is submitted to God.
What was the most powerful/memorable serving experience you had?
REFLECTING ON THE SERMON
Did Pastor Chris say anything that spoke to you during the sermon?
Where you challenged by anything?
What did you learn about peace that you previously did not know?
GOING DEEPER IN THE SCRIPTURE
Read Philippians 2:1-11
In this passage Paul sets the example of how Christians should live in relationship to one another by looking at what Christ did in becoming a servant (v.7). How does the example of Christ help to inform our relationships with others? (v. 3-4) Where else do you see this teaching in the New Testament or people practicing gentleness? (John 13:5; Luke 14:7-11; 1 Peter 5:5-7)
MAKE IT PERSONAL
John the Baptist had a powerful ministry, seeing many people repent and be baptized (Matthew 3:5-6). Yet, when he encounters the ministry of Jesus he is willing to submit to God’s plan saying, “He must increase and I must decrease.” (John 3:30) If gentleness/humility is about submitting our power to God’s plan what areas in our lives (marriages, parenting, work, ministries, etc.) is He calling us to submit and release ourselves to him?
Gentleness is displayed in relationships with other people, particular in areas of Influence. It is about having restrained power. Are there any areas in our lives that we find to be sharp (rough)? How can we yield ourselves to God, so that we can become more like Christ?
LIVE IT OUT! ACT IT OUT!
Model the example of Christ in Philippians 2! Where is Christ calling you to begin humbling yourself? Where do you need to grow in gentleness. Look at Christ in the Gospel’s how can those instances of gentleness become a model for yourself?
Take time to share prayer requests with one another and pray for the needs present.