Have you ever had a moment when you thought, “Now, I’m really living!”? Maybe that feeling came with a thrilling moment, significant achievement, or meaningful experience. All of us want to experience that good life, but those feelings of “really living” seem to fade over time. This week, we’re remembering that life with Jesus allows us to really live. But, what does life with Jesus look like? The first eleven verses of Philippians chapter 2 teach us about the Jesus-centered life.
Read through Philippians 2:1-11 and allow yourself some time to thank and praise Jesus for what he has done and for who he is.
What privileges and responsibilities are part of life with Jesus in verses 1-4? How have you experienced or observed these benefits? What makes it difficult to fulfill these responsibilities?
How would you characterize the relationships between humility, unity, and love in this passage? What are some obstacles to experiencing unity in our church or your family? What is the difference between unity, unanimity, and uniformity?
How does embracing the truth of the Good News about Jesus create a healthy attitude of humility in us?
Pause and consider the fact that Jesus is Lord and exalted over all. What changes happen inside of you because Jesus is Lord?
Make this passage personal and apply the encouragement of verse 4 to your life. Who is God calling you to serve? Instead of constant self-concern, I will look out for the best interest of ________.
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