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Verses

Philippians 1:27-2:13

Matthew 10:37

Isaiah 52:7

Mark 1:14-15 1

Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Peter 3:18

1 Peter 3:8-9

Acts 16:19-24

Philippians 2:1-2

Philippians 2:3-8

Philippians 2:12-13

Hebrews 13:21

Colossians 1:29

2 Corinthians 8:16-17

Questions

1. 1.27-30 All believers have had a change of citizenship from their homeland on earth, to their true homeland in eternal life. What then does Paul mean by ‘manner of life’?

2. What are the three examples Paul gives as marking a manner of life worthy of the gospel?

3. In what way is that gospel-life lived?

4. A life lived in this manner is a clear sign and a warning to people of their destruction. What is meant by destruction?

5. How is the Christians manner of life a sign to opponents of their destruction? How might Christian opponents recognize this sign?

6. How is this manner of life evidence of our salvation?

7. What does it mean to be worthy of Jesus? (Mt. 3.8, 10.27; Acts 26.20)

8. What is the ‘gospel’? (Isaiah 52.7; Mark1.14-15; 1 Cor 15.1-4; 1 Peter 3.18)

9. In verse 30, what did they see? (Acts 16.19-24)

10. What is the purpose of verse 1? Why doesn’t he just jump into verse 2 and say, “so, be of the same mind, have the same love, be of one accord….” Why include verse one?

11. What does he mean by “complete my joy,” and why is that important?

12. In this verse there is a negative, a positive, and a bridge between the two. Something not to do, something to do, and the way it is done. What are they?

13. What does it mean to count others as more significant than yourself? What does it mean to look to the interest of others?

14. Verses 5-7 Paul says Jesus was “in the form of God.” Does this mean he was like God, or that he was God?

15. What was inside Christ that caused him to live like this [taking the form of a servant]? He chose to do it. But how?

16. How does Paul’s description of Christ in verses 5-8 exemplify what he is calling us to do in verses 3-4?

17. The best way to learn about a word in the Bible is not to go to an English dictionary. The best way is to find the word you are looking at and first find all the times that same author uses the word. After you understand how a specific author uses a certain word in multiple texts, you can then begin to expand outward to other authors in the same Testament, and even more broadly across the Bible. Let’s look at how Paul uses the word “work.” Romans 2.9 (who “does” evil), Romans 7.20 (no longer I who “do” it), Romans 4.15 (the law “brings” wrath), Romans 5.3 (suffering “produces” endurance), Romans 7.8 (sin “produced” in me), Romans 7.13 (it was sin “producing” death in me), 2 Corinthians 4.17 (affliction is “preparing”), 2 Cor 7.10 (worldly grief “produces” death), 2 Cor 9.11 (through us will “produce” thanksgiving).

What does the word “work” mean?

18. What does it mean to work out one’s own salvation with fear and trembling?

19. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling not because God is “out for us” or he is “gonna get us” if we don’t. It is not a threat! We work because he is at work in us! How do you feel when you think about this?

20. How does God work a will and a work in us for his pleasure? (Hebrews 13.21; Colossians 1.29; 2 Corinthians 8.16-17)

21. If He creates the will and the work in us, does that mean we can just lay in bed and see what happens? Why or why not?

Reflection Questions

What did I learn about God today?

What did I learn about myself?

How is God relating this to my life right now?

What does God want me to bring in prayer to Him today?

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