LIFE GROUPS

August 7, 2021   /   Big Valley Grace Community Church

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LIFE GROUPS

PHILIPPIANS 4:10-20 (ESV)  
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

GROUPS PROVIDE 4 RECIPROCAL OPPORTUNITIES:

Opportunity #1­—CARE
Taking interest in the wellbeing of other believers.

PHILIPPIANS 4:10-12 (ESV) 
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  

Opportunity #2—FAITH
Strengthening trust in Jesus during difficult seasons.

Philippians 4:13-14 (ESV) 
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.   

Opportunity #3—TEAM
Working together for the sake of the gospel.  

Philippians 4:15 (ESV) 
And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.  

Opportunity #4—SUPPLY
Engaging in the blessing of giving and receiving. 

Philippians 4:16-19 (ESV) 
Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  

How will you engage in these reciprocal opportunities?  

  • Opportunity #1­—CARE  
  • Opportunity #2—FAITH  
  • Opportunity #3—TEAM  
  • Opportunity #4—SUPPLY 

Life Groups provide opportunities to bring God GLORY.  

Philippians 4:20 (ESV) 
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.  

Love God­—ABIDE in God’s Holy Word.  
Love People—be EMPOWERED by God’s Holy Spirit.  
Make Disciples—be EQUIPPED with God’s Holy Church. 

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