Real Joy in Real Life: Philippians Part 11

The Grace that gives Joy


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Philippians 4:23


What is the Gospel (Good news)?

The Gospel is the Good news that God loves sinners through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.


“But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8


God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense


“I am more sinful and flawed than I ever dared believe!”

“I am more accepted and loved than I ever dared hope!”


Tim Keller


What is the Gospel in Big Picture terms?

Jesus is King. He is not just a great teacher. He is Lord and King over everything. Including our lives.

What kind of King is He? A loving King.

(see Philippians 2:3-8)



Is the Gospel what I do for God, or what God did for me through Jesus Christ?

What God did for me through Jesus Christ!


Tweet from Tim Keller: “Religion says: ‘I obey therefore I am accepted by God.’ The gospel says, ‘I am accepted by God, therefore I obey.’”

(see Titus 2:11-13)



Obedience and changed lives is the result of grace, not the other way around!




Jesus, Others, Yourself



Real Joy in Real Life: Life Group Study: Philippians 4:23


Open Up:

If you were to give a basic definition of grace, what would it have to include? Why?


Can you think of a time in life where you experienced grace from another person? What was it like?


Dig In:

1.In his message, Pastor Colton pointed out the acronym for grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. This is sometimes pointed out as the “scandal of grace”, since we benefit richly but it comes at great cost to God.


2. Why might it be hard for us as humans to want to receive and live out of God’s grace?


3. The cross shows us both our great need for salvation (it cost God the life of his Son!), and also how deeply we are loved (Jesus chose to give his life for us!).   How does that change how we think about obedience to God?


4. One of the “gospel points” that Pastor Colton shares with his youth students each week is that Jesus is King. But how Jesus is King, as a servant who lays down his life for the sake of others, sets the agenda for how we are to emulate his way of life. How does the ‘shape’ of Jesus’ leadership an encouragement and challenge to you?


5. Philippians 4:23 is Paul’s “benediction” or “blessing” on the community. A sort of closing prayer. He wants the church to live a life grounded in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ – a grace that would “be with” their spirit. Christianity is not a belief system (though it includes beliefs), and it is not a philosophy on how to have a great life (thought it will include an approach to life that is full and rich), it is, at heart, a lived experience of God – is a relationship with the Triune God made possible by God’s work through the Son and the Spirit.


Name some ways that you have you experienced the “grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” with you. In what tangible ways has Jesus’ grace been working in you, changed you, shaped you, given you hope?


6. The message ended with the acronym for J.O.Y. as “Jesus, Others, Yourself.” How have you seen that Joy flows from living like this? Explain.


Pray: Take time as a group to give thanks to Jesus for his grace at work in you, and for the strength to live as a “grace” person in the upcoming week.