Philippians 1:27-30
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1. What does it mean to live as a believer, and as a believing community, in our present historical circumstances (families, jobs, neighborhoods, community, county, region, state, nation, world, etc.)? 2. What do most people want out of life (material and artificial wealth, financial freedom, honor, fame, freedom, choices, power, to be left alone, pleasure, companionship, health, bodily good, safety, self fulfillment, any earthly good)? What does Paul see as a guiding, dominant goal toward which believers should strive? What did Paul strive for in his life? What did the other characters Timothy, Epaphroditus, in the book of Philippians strive for? 3. Does Paul urge the people to "stand firm" because he is concerned that they might not do so? Does Paul use the word "standing, spirit and mind" (body, heart, head) to indicate that the kind of unity he is advocating is total and all encompassing? Maybe not. Fee interprets the phrase "in one spirit" to refer not to the a) heart b) soul c) community spirit or d) esprit de corps, but to the Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) . . . that is standing firm in the Spirit. Fee. p. 164. Could the "one mind" likewise refer to something like "the mind of Christ?" 4. Does Paul urge the people to "strive together" because he is likewise concerned that they might divide? Why do people and churches divide? 5. What is the Gospel? How does Paul define the gospel in his letter to the Philippians? 6. What is the "sign of destruction?" verse. 28. 7. What is one sign in this passage that lets us know that we are part of the believing community? Matt's Answer: "Unity in the face of suffering." Why do people become friends? What unifies people? Families? Groups? Churches? Sports teams? States? See Lewis on Four Loves. Unity that compete or compromise the gospel sould be discarded or take their proper place. BUT the gospel is NOT UNITY! 8. Is living a life worthy of the gospel different that standing firm?
11433762332523 1433762332512 Notes 2015-06-08 11:18:52 2015-06-12 16:57:48 1. What does it mean to live as a believer, and as a believing community, in our present historical circumstances (families, jobs, neighborhoods, community, county, region, state, nation, world, etc.)? 2. What do most people want out of life (material and artificial wealth, financial freedom, honor, fame, freedom, choices, power, to be left alone, pleasure, companionship, health, bodily good, safety, self fulfillment, any earthly good)? What does Paul see as a guiding, dominant goal toward which believers should strive? What did Paul strive for in his life? What did the other characters Timothy, Epaphroditus, in the book of Philippians strive for? 3. Does Paul urge the people to "stand firm" because he is concerned that they might not do so? Does Paul use the word "standing, spirit and mind" (body, heart, head) to indicate that the kind of unity he is advocating is total and all encompassing? Maybe not. Fee interprets the phrase "in one spirit" to refer not to the a) heart b) soul c) community spirit or d) esprit de corps, but to the Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) . . . that is standing firm in the Spirit. Fee. p. 164. Could the "one mind" likewise refer to something like "the mind of Christ?" 4. Does Paul urge the people to "strive together" because he is likewise concerned that they might divide? Why do people and churches divide? 5. What is the Gospel? How does Paul define the gospel in his letter to the Philippians? 6. What is the "sign of destruction?" verse. 28. 7. What is one sign in this passage that lets us know that we are part of the believing community? Matt's Answer: "Unity in the face of suffering." Why do people become friends? What unifies people? Families? Groups? Churches? Sports teams? States? See Lewis on Four Loves. Unity that compete or compromise the gospel sould be discarded or take their proper place. BUT the gospel is NOT UNITY! 8. Is living a life worthy of the gospel different that standing firm? notes
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