This is lesson 3 of 8 in Extraordinary Joy, a bible study on Philippians.
- Main Point of the Passage: Paul described the attitudes and actions that it takes to live a life worthy of Christ.
- Main Point of the Lesson: To live a life worthy of Christ, Christians must imitate Him in our attitudes and actions.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will identify and imitate the attitudes and actions of Christ.
- Key Verses: Philippians 2:5, “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus.”
- Word Studies: “attitude” in Philippians 2:5 & “emptied” in Philippians 2:7
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
If you plan to use the optional homework, you’ll need two or three volunteers each week. A few days before your Bible study, choose two volunteers and give each of them one of the following assignments. Tell them you’d like them to take 3-5 minutes to share their work with the group.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: When you were a kid, who did you most want to imitate (and you can’t say Jesus)?
Share Question: Think about a person that you would consider christlike. What attitude or behavior of Jesus does that person imitate?
Introduce the Passage: To live a life worthy of Christ, Christians must imitate Him in our attitudes and actions. In Philippians 1:27–2:30, Paul described the attitudes and actions that it takes to live a life worthy of Christ.
- Optional: Have a member of your group either recite the passage or give a detailed summary of the passage.
- Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s):
- attitude in Philippians 2:5
- emptied in Philippians 2:7
Study Question: As we read Philippians 1:27–2:18, let’s list the attitudes and actions Paul encouraged Christians to imitate.
Possible answers include:
- Action: standing firm (1:27)
- Attitude: in one spirit (1:27)
- Attitude: with one mind (1:27)
- Action: working side by side for the faith (1:27)
- Attitude: not frightened (1:28)
- Action: suffering (1:29)
- Action: struggle (1:30)
- Attitude: like-minded (2:2)
- Attitude: united in love (2:2)
- Attitude: humility (2:3)
- Action: look out for the interests of others (2:4)
- Attitude: not taking advantage of privilege (2:5)
- Action: obedience even to the point of death (2:8)
- Action: work out your own salvation (2:12)
- Attitude: fear and trembling (2:12)
- Action: do everything without grumbling and arguing (2:14)
- Action: blameless, pure, faultless (2:15)
- Action: hold firmly to the message of life (2:16)
- Attitude: be glad and rejoice (2:18)
Connect-the-Dots Question: What do verses 12 and 13 tell us about God’s role and our own role in imitating Christ?
Count-the-Cost Question: Now let’s read Philippians 2:19–30 and list examples of people practicing these attitudes and actions.
Let’s-Do-It Question: Which of the attitudes or actions we discovered today stand out as an area of life in which you need to “work out your salvation?”
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving us Christ’s example and the Spirit’s power in our efforts to work out our salvation. Teach us to imitate Christ in our attitudes and actions. Amen.
Optional homework for next time: After your group discussion and prayer, distribute the attached pages to volunteers in preparation for your next Bible study.