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We are so glad you decided to visit Wesley Church, Tampa Florida. We are a diverse congregation representing people from a variety of backgrounds, nations, races, and ages.  Our Christ centered worship services are based on biblical teachings applied for today’s challenges, offered in traditional and contemporary formats.

We are devoted to becoming disciples of Jesus Christ through the development of relationships within our church and our community.   We have a heart for our neighbors and community and have many outreach programs that spread the love of Jesus.

Please visit us in person to begin your journey as a disciple of Jesus.

Current Sermon Series

Current Sermon Series

It’s A Puzzle: A Study of Philippians

January 16-April 3 

It’s a puzzle:  A study of Philippians 

January 16  Chapter 1:1-7    Finishing

Idea: Partners in the gospel help us to finish G“I thank God every time I remember you.”  Philippians 1:3

Key words:

Image:  a jigsaw puzzle

Message centers on God’s intention for each of us, that we are connected and incomplete alone.

“I thank God every time I remember you.”  Philippians 1:3

Key words:

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2. _________________

3. _________________

4. _________________

Group of 12

Take a photo of your family/group of 12 and have a jigsaw puzzle made for a future lesson.

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What is the purpose of Wesley Church?

Share and pray together

Notes:

January 23  Chapter 1:8-11  My prayer for you

Idea: Knowledge and depth of insight are given to us so that we can discern God’s will and then love.

Image:  something that looks/feels deep, like the pieces of a puzzle that fit together

“And this is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”  Philippians 1:9-11

Key words:

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  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

Group of 12

Each person put one piece of the puzzle together.

In your notebooks, write out one big decision you have coming and share with the group.

Pray together

Notes:

January 30 Chapter 1:12-30  When trials abound

Idea:  Our trials are to be lived out in Christ

Image:  missing pieces

Missing pieces cannot hold us back and will even further the gospel

Message centers on knowing that worldly trials cannot hold back God’s purpose.

“I am in chains for Christ.”  Philippians 1:13

Key words:

  1. _______________
  2. _______________
  3. _______________

Group of 12

Write in your notebook a note about a difficult trial you have experienced or are experiencing right now.

Proclaim confidence in God over the trial.  Write our key verse next to the trial you wrote in the notebook.

Each person put one piece of the puzzle together.

Pray

Notes:

February

February 6   Chapter 2:1-4  Other people are important

Idea:  Encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, compassion = (humility)

Image:  setting aside (a trophy) to help others

Message centers on gaining a perspective of another, allowing someone else to connect a piece of the puzzle.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  Philippians 2:3

Key words:

  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________

Group of 12

What do we do in our lives that reflect the importance of other people?

Is there something we can personally do to better reflect humility, especially in our families and those closest to us?

Put one piece of the puzzle together

Pray

Notes:

February 13  Chapter 2:5-11  God’s humility

Idea: Empty of self

Image:  pitcher being emptied of self (words that reflect self)

Message centers on becoming Christlike:  humble

“You attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 2:5

Key words:

  1. _________________
  2. _________________
  3. _________________
  4. _________________
  5. _________________
  6. _________________

Group of 12

Is there something you can do to intentionally shift your attention to someone else?

What will you do this week to reflect that choice?

Put one piece of the puzzle together

Pray

Notes:

February 20  Chapter 2:12-18 

Idea:  To shine we need room for the light

Image:  distant candle in the darkness

Message centers on bringing light into the dark

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”  Philippians 2:14-16

Key words:

  1. _________________
  2. _________________
  3. _________________
  4. _________________
  5. _________________

Group of 12

When are you most likely to find yourself complaining?

When are you most likely to find yourself praising?

Put one piece of the puzzle together.

Pray

Notes:

February 27  Chapter 2:19-30  Kindred partnership

Idea:  Timothy and Paul, mentoring others

Image:  focus on the word kindred

Message centers on the fellowship of 3

“I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.”  Philippians 2:20

Key words:

  1. ________________
  2. ________________
  3. ________________

Group of 12

Has God sent someone into your life to help you grow?

It may be time for you to prove yourself so that He can send you.  What steps can you take to live sent?

Put one piece of the puzzle together.

Pray

Notes:

March

March 6  Chapter 3:1-7  Beware= be aware

Idea:  self-evaluation for the purpose of transformation (back to 12/3/1)

Image:  Watch out!  Be on guard, on the lookout

Message centers on paying attention to spiritual lessons.

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”  Philippians 3:10-11

Key words:

  1. __________________
  2. __________________
  3. __________________
  4. __________________

Group of 12

What do you think Paul means by “fellowship of suffering?”

With whom do you have “fellowship?”

What new awareness of God in your life are you experiencing?

Put one piece of the puzzle together.

Pray

Notes:

March 13  Chapter 3:8-16  Press on

Idea:  Forget the past and move into tomorrow

Image:  head as a puzzle

Message centers on walking through our past.

“One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3: 14

Key words:

  1. _________________  _____________
  2. _______________________________
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  4. __________________ _________________

Group of 12

What is your goal in life?

What can you change to make your goal God centered?

Put one piece of the puzzle together

Pray

Notes:

March 20  Chapter 3:17-21  Changes

Idea:  Once God has a hold of you…cry for the enemies of the cross.  Know you are a citizen of heaven.

Image:  citizen of a heavenly country, an immigrant being accepted

Message centers on “join with others.”

“Join with others in following my example, brothers and sisters, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.”  Philippians 3:17

Key words:

  1. _________________
  2. ___________________________ – _____________________
  3. ________________________________

Group of 12

What are you (we) doing to impact the greater world?

Any ideas of what more you (we) can do?

Put one piece of the puzzle together.

Pray

Notes:

March 27  Chapter 4:1-18  Peace thru patience, the secret of life

Idea:  The secret of life:  think on what is good

Image:  telling a good secret

Message centers on being content.

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!”  Philippians 4:4

“Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.”  Philippians 4:5

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4: 8

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”  Philippians 4:11

Key words:

  1. _________________
  2. _________________
  3. _________________
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Group of 12

Is there something that has your attention that is making you not rejoice?

What does the text say can help?

For next week, bring in your favorite thing that you had to put together (puzzle, model, etc)

Put one piece of the puzzle together.

Pray

Notes:

April

April 3  Chapter 4: 17-23  Model making

Idea:  what does it take to make/be a model?

Image:  bring in models (some form of puzzle)

Message centers on becoming:  Jesus like

“My God meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

Key words:

  1. ________________  ___________
  2. ____________________________
  3. ____________________________

Group of 12

Final group gathering

Share what you brought in and put together.  Why is it important to you? 

Are you willing to be an important piece of someone else’s life puzzle?

THE MISSING PIECE

Put together the final pieces of the puzzle

Pray

NOTES

Helps

Founded in the 4th c. B.C. and renamed after King Philip of Macedon, Philippi was an important outpost on the Egnation Way. Two important battles were fought here in 42 B.C. resulting in the defeat of Cassius and Brutus, conspirators in the assassination of Julius Caesar. After these battles, Philippi became a Roman colony encompassing 700 square miles.

The Via Egnatia was built beginning in 145 BC and at its greatest extent connected Byzantium with the Adriatic ports. This route was Rome’s primary artery to the east and Philippi was an important outpost along the road. The Egnatian Way made it easier for Rome to move troops throughout the empire and it was the route that Paul traveled on from Neapolis to Philippi, Amphipolis, Apollonia, and Thessalonica.

On the basis of the Acts of the Apostles and the letter to the Philippians, early Christians concluded that Paul had founded their community. Accompanied by Silas, by Timothy and possibly by Luke (the author of the Acts of the Apostles), Paul is believed to have preached for the first time on European soil in Philippi

Lydia’s home became the place where the congregation that developed in Philippi gathered for worship and fellowship. We tell this story because it expands our understanding of the financial role women played as the earliest Christian congregations were forming.

One of Paul’s purposes in writing this letter was to express gratitude for the affection and financial assistance the Saints in Philippi had extended to him during his second missionary journey and his imprisonment in Rome (see Philippians 1:3–11; 4:10–19; see also Bible Dictionary, “Pauline Epistles”)  Philippi is the only church that supports Paul financially throughout his ministry.  It seems tit is the only one who even offers.  Other churches seem to want to receive but not give.

About Us

About Wesley Church

At Wesley Church  in Tampa it is our mission “To make and send disciples who live and love like Jesus.”  As disciples, our focus is to  build spiritual transformation through relationships.   Becoming a disciple is built around three key attributes: following Christ (head), being changed by Christ (heart), committing to the mission of Christ (hands).

Begin your discipleship journey on Sundays at either our traditional or contemporary service  and  by joining one of many our Real Life Groups.

Our Real Life Groups  provide something for just about everyone, from men’s and women’s fellowship and study groups, Bible studies, Sunday School, support groups,  groups for accountability, fellowship, recreation, youth, children’s ministries, and much more.