Ok, looking at Philippians over the last week or so has been an interesting excursion. From the feedback I’ve gotten from people in the “suggested exercises”, it seems like there’s lots of interest & enthusiasm for many different verses through this little book. But something I’ve been looking into are the verses at the end of chapter 1 & beginning of chapter 2 – specifically 1:21-2:4.
Fascinating interplay between Paul’s decisions, what he proposes to us & then how this reflect or contrast Jesus’ major choices. We talk about these things in Chapel on Tues & I think you’ll find it very challenging.
Some things to consider, for your suggested exercises:
- Paul says in 1:21 that to live is Christ & to die is gain. What do you think this means?
- How do you see yourself in light of the community of your co-workers? How do you see yourself in the community of your family? How do you see yourself in the community of your living arrangements (apt, house, neighborhood, condo, townhouse, . . . . )? How do you see yourself in light of the community of your church?
- In Phil 2:2-4, what is the most difficult thing for you to do in this list? Take a moment to ask the Holy Spirit to help you with this area.
Here’s something to ponder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiXUmN1X21Y