Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
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WORK IN PROGRESS
Philippians 2:12-14 (NRSV)*
12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing,
For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. —Philippians 2:13 (NRSV)
Paul wrote not only of the power of the Holy Spirit but also of the transforming power of God through Christ. He encouraged the church at Philippi to continue the work of God without him, knowing they too had the power of God inside them. Paul knew they faced temptations and had to deal with conflicts inside and outside of the church. But he was also confident in what God could do in each individual, and what God could do collectively through the church. If we are willing to look, we can see how God is at work in our individual lives and in the lives of others.
Questions to Discuss:
How is God inside of us? How can God work in us? What are some other Scriptures that refer to this same idea?
Why is it important for us to know that God is at work in all of us?
Where do you see evidence of God at work in other people?
*Scriptures abbreviated (NRSV) are from New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.