Going Deeper – Philippians 2:1-11

Title and Text: “Attitude Check” – Philippians 2:1-11

Connect:

  • In what situations do you most need an attitude check?  (In other words, when do you find it most difficult to follow the example of Christ?)

Cultivate:

  • The key statement in this passage is verse 5: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”  Is this verse best understood to refer back to vv 1-4 or to introduce vv 6-11?  How might relate both sections together?
  • Try to summarize Christ’s “mind” described in vv 6ff in just one word.  Share the word you chose and why you chose it.
  • Think of vv 6-11 as having the shape of a parabola: in vv 6-8 the movement is downward (incarnation, suffering, death), then in vv 9-11 the movement is upward (resurrection, exaltation).  How is this movement instructive for us as we seek to imitate Christ?
  • What aspect of the attitude that Jesus embodied in his life most challenges you?  What aspect of his attitude and example most challenges your church’s life and witness?

Commission:

  • Part of the message of this passage is that we can only hope to imitate the mind of Christ together.  We need one another.  Ask a person or small group in which you participate to help you check your attitude when needed, in a creative and constructive way.
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