when death is a good thing

To live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)

Can you imagine a statement more bold?
Who can say–with confidence–that death is a good thing?

It doesn’t take very much understanding to grasp the cause and effect in this teaching. Death can be gain, when life is about Christ. IF Christ is life, THEN death is gain. The boundary is clear, but working out the implications is unending.

  • What does a Christ life look like?
  • What kind of gain is death?

If this teaching were like a lake, the IF/THEN is like the shoreline, clearly defining where the shore ends. Working out the implications is like diving deep into the waters, yet never finding the bottom.

Personally, I find a much needed perspective in this teaching:

  • To live is Christ. Life is not my meetings, agendas, projects, or youth ministry programs.
  • To live is Christ. Life is not seeking first entertainment, popularity, or success in the eyes of others.
  • To live is Christ, my life is not my failures, mistakes, guilt, and shame.

 

Bible Study Discussion Questions

  • Are you a confident and/or a bold person? Why or why not? What’s the source of your boldness? (or, what’s keeping you from being confident?)
  • If you were completely honest with yourself, what is your life all about? What one word would sum it all up?
  • What would it take to make Jesus your number one priority?
  • What fears regularly show up in your life? Why? What triggers them?
  • What would it look like for you to surrender your fears to Jesus?