Monday, 2 July 2012

Philippians 2

This is my second Bible study on Philippians. We've been doing it in Mosaic, and I just love this book. It's short but has a major impact factor. It's like well good, innit.

Philippians 2
  • v 1-4 Humility, like that of Christ
  • As Christians we are:
    • United with Jesus
    • Loved
    • Tender and compassionate with each other
    • United in purpose, love and attitude: that of Jesus (v 5)
  • We have a fantastic passage about Jesus (perhaps an early hymn)
  • This tells us about humility and the lack of ranks in the church.
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 28:25-28)
  • v 14 & 15 again emphasises the importance of our relationships. It results in being blameless and shining out like stars (what a lovely image!)
  • v 12-13 interestingly tells us to ‘continue to work out your salvation’. Hasn’t Jesus done that for us? Here Paul is writing about the fact that having a faith in Jesus, which results in salvation, will have a response in how we live our lives. Have a look at James 2:14-19.

Implications for Mosaic
  • Love, love, love, love one another
  • Unity in purpose and attitude. We are ultimately united by a love of Jesus (not our age!)
  • We need to serve each other and all that come into Mosaic’s midst before the needs of ourselves.
  • We cannot have a faith that isn’t outworked somehow. Otherwise it is dead.
 Quick Questions
  • What parts of the Bible have you been studying recently? What did you learn from it?
  • Is humility something you've either got or you've not? Is it something that can be worked at?
  • Isn't that a fantastic passage about Jesus? What are your favourite passages about him? 

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