What's the Amplify Guide? It's a collection of discussions and practices that will help you apply what we talked about on Sunday. Our goal is simple. We want to help 1) amplify the impact of Biblical teaching in your life and 2) amplify the impact of your life in this community.
This is designed to be an extension of our Sunday worship service. Take a few minutes to have this conversation with those who watched the worship service with you. If you watched alone, give another friend who watched alone a call and have the conversation over the phone.
What is the hardest thing about living as a Christian in our non-Christian world?
Share something that was said or sung in the worship service that resonated with you.
Take a moment to pray with and for the person with whom you just shared.
These are intended for conversation around the dinner table, in the car, or before bed at night (ideal for ages 7 and up). Start each conversation by reading the passage listed.
Monday: Philippians 1:1-2. Paul wrote this letter from prison. What are some things that would be difficult about writing a letter from prison? Tuesday: Philippians 1:1-2. What might the people of 50AD known up to this point about Jesus Christ? Wednesday: Philippians 1:1-2. What does it mean to be a servant/slave of Christ Jesus? In what ways does (and doesn’t) this definition fit you? Thursday: Philippians 1:1-2. What does it mean to be one of God’s holy people in Christ Jesus? In what ways does (and doesn’t) this definition fit you? Friday: Philippians 1:1-2. Share a way in which you have experienced the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Saturday: What verse in Philippians have you chosen to memorize?
You can also use the above readings and questions as a personal, daily devotion and journaling prompt.
Use these questions in discussion with spiritual friends. Spiritual friends are those who intentionally move into one another’s life to spur one another on in spiritual growth for the Glory of God.
1. What is one thing that you have found yourself talking to God about a lot recently?
2. How has God encouraged or pursued you recently?
3. How has God called or used you recently?
4. How has God corrected you recently?
Inwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Daily Spiritual Discipline: Read through the book of Philippians this week. Consider reading through it several times in different translations.
Highlight several portions that you find particularly meaningful.
Consider each of the following ten hallmark virtues of the Kingdom of God. Reflect on how each of these play out in Jesus’s life on earth, the apostle Paul’s life, and in your life.
Love, unity, humility, joy, living for Christ, living like Christ, focusing on Christ, peace, generosity, contentment.
Outwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Seek to love those God places in your path. Be intentional to share Jesus’s love with them through word and deed.
Go out of your way to show love to a person in need.