“Do Something” Philippians 2:1-11
Paul is writing from jail - talking about suffering for the sake of the gospel.
He is urging the believers to have unity and love for each other, and especially with God. He is encouraging them to accept suffering and humble circumstances in this life, and to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility to consider others better than yourselves.” (verse 2:3)
In chapter 1, Paul has explained to them that nothing matters in this life more than the gospel of Jesus Christ being made known, and for that sake, it is worthy of enduring anything to know it and have it preached (verse 1:18). He acknowledges that fellowship with Christ is fellowship in His suffering.
Paul points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate example of endurance in the face of suffering. “He humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (verse 2:8) “Therefor God exalted him to the highest place” in heaven. (verse 2:9)
*Who is it about? Us or God? (Biblical teaching should always be about God -His glory,etc.- not us.)
*What is the gospel? (That Jesus Christ, the son of God, took our sins upon himself on the cross as the atonement to satisfy the wrath of God for those who would believe in Him.)
*Why is the most important thing to have the gospel made known?
*What did Felix Baumgartner's “leap of faith” accomplish? What will its results be in eternity? For God's glory?
1 Peter 1:24 “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fail, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
*What should Christians strive after (this world's glory or God's glory)?
Jesus told them, "This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent."
*Why would professing Christians tend to not be excited about Heaven? Do you look forward to the glory of Heaven, or do you tend to look to this world to satisfy?
Bible study credits: Terri Stellrecht http://howmysaviorleadsme.blogspot.com/