Being Human
July 30, 2023

Being Human: Rational

The Rev'd Dr Mike Bird
Philippians 4:1-9

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Small group questions

Connect What is one physical limitation of your body that you wrestle with? How can this be an opportunity to depend on God when you encounter it?


  1. What types of things is the human mind capable of? What most impresses you about the human mind?
  2. How can our thoughts have the potential to shape both our longings and our behaviour?

Read Philippians 4:4-7

  1. What does Paul say we should always do? What does this actually mean?
  2. What are patterns of prayer and gratitude that help you, even when anxious?
  3. What does the peace of God do? What does Paul mean that God’s peace guards our hearts and minds?
  4. Can you think of an example of God’s peace transcending all understanding? Why is this a good gift?

Read Philippians 4:8-9

  1. What does Paul say we should focus on with our minds? What do you think these things actually mean?
  2. Can you think of specific examples of what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, & praiseworthy?
  3. Is thinking on these things simply the ‘power of positive thinking’ or something more?
  4. Does your mind ever wander (or fixate) on things incompatible with the ‘mind of Christ’?
  5. Why do we need to be careful about what we set our minds on? Is there something in particular for you?
  6. What helps you think more on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, & praiseworthy?
  7. In what way do we need to ‘mind the gap’ between our mind and where Christ is supposed to be? (e.g., consider: virtues, values, vision, identity, and ambition)
  8. How did Adam and Eve struggle with their limitations of knowing? How is this true for humanity?
  9. Do you ever struggle with the limitations of knowledge (or knowing)? What do you get most concerned about ‘not knowing’?
  10. What might help you grow in contentment that God has revealed everything that we need to know?

Apply Are there any unhealthy patterns of thinking (or things that occupy unhealthy proportions of your thinking) that could be reshaped more in the likeness of the mind of Christ? Try reshaping this thinking habit.

Gracious Lord, thank you for the gift of our minds and the responsibility to be mindful. Please show us the areas of our thinking that don’t reflect your character. Please help us to think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy. Please help us to be comfortable in the limits of our knowledge, trusting that you have revealed everything that we need to know. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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