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11/19/17 Sermon Questions

FIXER UPPER – Week 3                                                          

Haggai 2:10-23

Life Group Questions:

  • As a group, spend some time recapping what you learned from the book of Haggai during our Fixer Upper series.
  • Has there been a time in your life when you obeyed God, but only conditionally?
  • “Above all else, God desires a devoted heart.” What does that look like? (Haggai 2:15-19, 2 Chronicles 7:14)
  • What seemingly simple thing is God calling your obedience to?
  • Read Matthew 1 to find Zerubbabel’s name in the genealogy of Jesus. Why was he listed there?
  • How can we pray for each other this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

THE PROBLEM: WE SAY: “I’LL OBEY IF…” (CONDITIONAL OBEDIENCE)

10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai: 11 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says 12 If someone carries consecrated meat in the fold of their garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, olive oil or other food, does it become consecrated?’” The priests answered, “No.” 13 Then Haggai said, “If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?” “Yes,” the priests replied, “it becomes defiled.” 14 Then Haggai said, “‘So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,’ declares the Lord. ‘Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.  Haggai 2:10-14

ABOVE ALL ELSE, GOD DESIRES A DEVOTED HEART.

15 ’Now give careful thought to this from this day on—consider how things were before  one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple. 16 When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty. 17 I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me,’ declares the Lord. 18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid. Give careful thought 19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. “‘From this day on I will bless you.’ Haggai 2:15-19

 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

20 The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 21 “Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah that I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. 22 I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother. 23 ”’On that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring , for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. Haggai 2:20-23

11/12/17 Sermon Questions

FIXER UPPER – Week 2                                                      

Haggai 2:1-9

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. Have you ever started a project but then apathy set in and you quit?
  2. “Don’t compare your start when Gods work isn’t finished.” This was our key thought for week 2 of Fixer Upper. Have you ever compared your start with others?
  3. Read Haggai 2:4. How are you staying strong in the Lord right now?
  4. How are you “doing the work” for the cause of Christ? How do you see First Free Rockford “doing the work?”
  5. What resources could you use for the glory of God?
  6. Read Hebrews 12:26-28 as a group. How does this truth change your perspective?
  7. What opposition are you listening to that you need to remember to: “be strong and courageous?”

 

 Sermon Notes and Scripture:

Week 1 – Key Thought:  WE MUST PLACE GOD AS OUR PRIORITY, OVER THE CONVENIENCES OF LIFE.

 

KEY THOUGHT: Don’t compare your start, when God’s work isn’t finished.

“In the second year of King Darius, on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak, x the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.  ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’  “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” – Haggai 2:1-9

6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:6-9

 

When God provides the resources, we provide the work.

26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:26-28

 

CONCLUSION:

Don’t compare your start, when God’s work isn’t finished.

When God provides the resources, we provide the Work.

 

 

11/5/17 Sermon Questions

FIXER UPPER – Week 1

Haggai 1:1-15

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. Have you ever had any “fixer upper” experience around your house? What did you fix up? How did the project go?
  2. Pastor Luke shared the timeline from the Old Testament. What did you learn from that?
  3. Pastor Luke said “You can either make excuses or make a difference but you can’t do both.” Do you agree or disagree?
  4. In Haggai 1:3-6, God asked His people how they could live in such great houses while the Temple (God’s dwelling place) was lying in ruins. What are some areas of your life in which you are placing personal priorities over God’s priorities?
  5. Read Haggai 1:13. When you know God is with you, how does that change how you see your circumstances?
  6. In Haggai 1:15, we see that work to begin the Temple started 23 days from the beginning of Haggai’s first message. What prevents you in your personal walk with Christ from the work that he has commanded you to complete through the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20)?
  7. When did the attitude of Haggai’s message change in chapter 1? What was the main thrust of the message that Haggai gave that changed the tide as the Israelites started working?
  8. How can I practically make the Lord the focus of my life?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT:

WE MUST PLACE THE PRIORITY OF GOD, OVER THE CONVENIENCES IN LIFE.

 

“In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’” Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” 5 “Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”” 7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”” 12 “Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord. 13 Then Haggai, the Lord ʼs messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. In the second year of King Darius,” – Haggai 1:1-15

 

 

 

10/29/17 Sermon Questions

THRIVING IN BABYLON – Week 5

Life Group Questions:

  • Is there a time in your life that you wish you would have waited and made the “wise” decision rather that what felt right at the time?
  • Read Proverbs 9:10-12. Wisdom comes from knowing God. What steps are you currently taking to know God better?
  • Read Proverbs 4:18-19. Have you ever thought of righteousness in terms of light and darkness? How does that image so perfectly illustrate it?
  • What areas of your life do you need to submit to the Lord?
  • Where in your life do you need to ask the “big question?” What’s the wise decision?
  • How can we as a group be praying for you this coming week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

 

THE BIG QUESTION: What’s the wise decision?

 

3 WAYS TO THRIVE THROUGH WISDOM

1.  TAKE GOD’S COMMANDS SERIOUSLY

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.  12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;  if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer. – Proverbs 9:10-12

2.  FOLLOW THE LIGHT WE HAVE. (Proverbs 4:18-19)

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. – Proverbs 4:18-19

3.  GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE IS BETTER THAN YOURS.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. – Proverbs 3:5-8

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

10/22/17 Sermon Questions

THRIVING IN BABYLON – Week 4

Philippians 2:1-11

Life Group Questions:

  • Who is the most humble person you know? Why did you pick that person?
  • What would it look like for us as Americans to live a little more humbly?
  • What would it look like in your life to live a little more humbly?
  • What would our church look like if we truly lived out the verse Philippians 2:4?
  • What areas of your life would look different if you had a Christ like attitude in them? (Philippians 2:5-8)
  • What opportunities do you have this week to live like Jesus and serve others? How can we as a group hold you accountable to that?
  • How can you practically point others to Christ?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT: HUMILITY OPENS DOORS TO THRIVE IN LIVING FOR GOD.

3 WAYS TO THRIVE THROUGH HUMILITY:

1) PLACE OTHERS ABOVE ME. (Philippians 2:1-4)

Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:1-4

2) HAVE A CHRISTLIKE ATTITUDE. (Philippians 2:5-8)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:5-8

3) POINT OTHERS TO CHRIST NOT ME. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11

10/15/17 Sermon Questions

Thriving in Babylon – Week 3

Life Group Questions:

  • Josh said that he loves to ask people to describe themselves in one or two words. How would you describe yourself that way?
  • What does it look like to thrive in a place that seems so opposite to the ways of God?
  • Do you believe God is for you in your daily life? In your marriage? Your career? Your school work? Your relationships? Your leadership? Your life
  • How do we have the kind of hope that Daniel had, that Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendego had? How do we have that kind of hope that wells up courage within us to do the right thing?
  • Josh said that when trials come, Christianity usually emphasizes one of two responses. Which one do you usually fall into? (overwhelming fear or escapism)
  • Do you believe that He is who He says he is? That you are who He says you are? What area of your life do you need to hand over to Him?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

1.  Because God is for me, victory is certain.

 

2.  Future victory does not eliminate present suffering.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? Romans 8:35

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? Hebrews 12:7

12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12

3.  Because I am a conqueror, I can face opposition with unwavering hope.

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.. Romans 8:37

19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.  Hebrews 6:19

10/8/17 Sermon Question

Thriving in Babylon – Week 2

Preparation for Battle

 

Life Group Questions:

 How can you & I thrive for Jesus Christ in a culture that opposes Him & His teaching at almost every turn?

  • How will we stand up under the pressure of increasing opposition?
  • What are the differences between real faith and counterfeit faith?
  • What are the similarities?
  • What adversity have you had in the past and how did you handle it? How did it increase your faith?
  • How should we approach adversity practically?
  • How can one increase their faith through adversity?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

1.   Test of My Faith: Authentic or Counterfeit?

For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.”  1 Corinthians 10:1-6

 

2.   Develop a Proper Attitude Toward Adversity

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because
you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” 
James 1:2-3

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven,” for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11–12

 

3.   Four Qualities of Authentic Faith  

A.  First, what authentic faith is not:

  1. Good Intentions
  2. High moral standards
  3. Strong fast start

     B. Qualities of Authentic Faith

  1. Obedience:  “If you love me, keep my commandments.”  John 14:15
  1. Perspective:   “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.   “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.”  2 Corinthians 4:17-18
  1. Endurance:    Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”  James 1:2
  1. Confidence/Courage:   I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.” 1 Timothy 1:12;  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

10/1/17 Sermon Questions

THRIVING IN BABYLON – Week 1                                           

Life Group Questions:

  • What are some examples of things that went from being shamefully hidden in the past to now being celebrated publicly?
  • What tactics and strategies did the king use to strip Daniel from the things of God?
  • How do you personally make a decision to stand out for God? What does that look like in your life? Family?
  • Read Daniel 1:8- what did Daniel resolve himself to? What had he pre-decided to do or not to do?
  • What are you resolved to?
  • What predetermined decisions do I need to make to thrive in my relationship with God?
  • Read Ephesians 6:11-18. Name the pieces of armor we are to put on as believers. Spend time praying as a group as you put on your full armor.

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT: Be remembered because you thrived for God in Babylon not because you blended in.

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. – Daniel 1:3-5

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. – Ephesians 6:11-13

Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. – Daniel 1:6-8

12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. – Daniel 1:12-15

19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. – Daniel 1:19

KEY THOUGHT: Be remembered because you thrived for God in Babylon not because you blended in.

 

 

 

 

9/24/17 Sermon Questions

FAMILY MATTERS – Week 3

Daniel 6:1-23

Life Group Questions:

  • What did you learn about Daniel’s life that you had not known before? (Daniel 6:1-3)
  • Share an example of how obedience to God has led to opposition from others in your life.
  • Pastor Luke said, “If you are not ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you are not ready to be used by God.” Do you believe that to be true? Are you honestly willing to endure that to obey God?
  • What do you think you would have done in Daniel’s circumstance?
  • Have you ever thought about the fact that Daniel (as well as others in the Bible) didn’t know how their stories were going to turn out? Daniel stayed faithful and obedient, not knowing the outcome. Read Daniel 6:10. Look at Daniel’s commitment to his God. How does his faith challenge you?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. – Daniel 6:1-3 

 

THREE TRUTHS TO HELP YOU LEAD WELL:

1) OBEDIENCE TO GOD MAY LEAD TO OPPOSITION FROM PEOPLE.

 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”   -Daniel 6:4-5

2) KNEEL TO PRAY FOR STRENGTH TO STAND. 

 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. – Daniel 6:10

3) DO WHAT’S RIGHT AND TRUST GOD WITH THE RESULTS.

22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.  – Daniel 6:22-23

 


 

 

 

9/17/17 Sermon Questions

FAMILY MATTERS – Week 2

Matthew 5:13-16

Life Group Questions:

  • What do you love most about living in the Rockford area?
  • Can you articulate the mission of First Free Rockford? Why is it so important that we know it?
  • Read aloud Matthew 5:13-16 as a group. How can you practically live as salt and light in our city this week?
  • Pastor Luke said that the church should be a hospital for the sick and not a museum for the saints. What is the difference?
  • Our testimony should be obvious, not hidden and in secret. Who are you sharing your testimony with?
  • What is the motivation for good deeds? (Matthew 5:16)
  • Read Philippians 2:13-16 as a group. How do these verses tie into our mission as believers?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

 

KEY THOUGHT: First Free Rockford Exists… To bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

LIVING ON MISSION:  A CHRISTIAN’S INFLUENCE + A CHRISTIAN’S TESTIMONY = REFLECTING THE GLORY OF GOD. 


1) A CHRISTIAN’S INFLUENCE (Salt Witnessing). (Matthew 5:13)

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. – Matthew 5:13

 “5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity (YOUR INFLUENCE). 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:5-6


2) + A CHRISTIAN’S TESTIMONY (Light). (Matthew 5:14-15)

TESTIMONY – open declaration or profession of faith.

14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. – Matthew 5:14-15

 

3) = REFLECTING THE GLORY OF GOD. (Matthew 5:16)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

 “13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the universe 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” – Philippians 2:13-16