Philippians 2: Christ’s Example of Humility

1. Read 2:3-4 and list some ways in which Christians can help to guarantee unity in a church?

2. In 2:2, what does Paul tell the Philippian Christians they can do that will bring him joy?

3. Read II John verse 4.
    What brought joy to the apostle John?

4. What effect can the love and unity of Christians have upon unsaved people?

5. Read 1:27. How does Paul want the Philippians to stand?

6. In 4:2, what phrase or concept is also used in 2:2?

7. What situations or attitudes within a church tend to destroy harmony?

8. Read 1:3-8 and list some ways in which you could help to bring unity
      and harmony to those within your circle of friends.

9. Read 1:2. What does Paul say here about Christ and the Holy Spirit?

10. From this same verse, discuss the difference between ordinary
      suffering and suffering for Jesus’ sake. 

11. Name some ways in which Christians suffer for Jesus today.

12. Have you, as a Christian, ever suffered for Jesus?  If so, how?

13. Read 2:3. What is one way in which you can consider others better than yourself?

14. From Webster’s dictionary, define humility.

15. Does the definition of humility carry the idea of being worthless or inferior?

16. Read what Jesus taught about humility in Luke 6:41-43, Luke 18:9-14
      and Luke 22:24-27 and give a brief summary and conclusion.

17. From your study in Philippians so far, do you consider yourself a humble person?
      Are you really interested in others more than yourself?

18. Read Philippians 2:5-11. Put yourself in the first century – reading this passage
      for the first time – and state how you might have felt.

19. How might memorizing this passage change my outlook
      and attitude about serving others?

20. In 2:9, we read how God has exalted Christ. In what specific way might you exalt Christ every day?

21. Read Romans 12:2 and Philippians 2:5.
      In what ways can a Christian change their mind or attitude
            toward obeying God, worship, humility, etc?

22. What example of obedience does Paul give in 2:8?

23. In what areas of life are Christians most likely to become vain or proud?

24. From the concepts in 2:9-11, describe God’s response to Jesus’ humility.

25. What can I learn from the Father’s response that will help
        me when tempted to become vain or proud?

26. Define the term incarnation from three sources.

27. Read 2:13. Describe one way in which God is working out His will in your life.

28. Read Hebrews 9:26, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 4:10.
    From these verses, give a brief summary of why Jesus’ death was so necessary.
      Ensure that your answer includes precepts from these verses.

29. Look up the concept of   “ working out your own salvation ”
      from 2:12 in 2-3 commentaries and define this phrase.

30. Define the word murmurings from 2:14.

31. Define the word rebuke from 2:15.     

32. Define the word crooked from 2:15.   

33. From 2:14-15, what are the benefits of not griping and complaining?

34. How is arguing and complaining a threat to the unity and joy Paul writes about in 2:3-4?

35. List some of the common gripes or complaints that you have heard
      or given in the past two weeks.

36. Read 2:14. Is it OK be silent but resentful about something
        as long as you don’t say it out loud?

37. According to 2:7, what do we forget about when we complain, argue and murmur?

38. From 2:19-22, do you feel Timothy was egocentric? Why or why not?

39. From 2:20-22, tell how Timothy’s life serves to illustrate what Paul is writing about in 2:2-3.

40. Read 2:21-22. What areas of self-interest do people tend to protect
      rather than protecting the interests of Christ?

41. Read 2:22. List some reasons why solid, biblical preparation for ministry so
        important in the development of strong leadership qualities.

42. From 2:25-28, explain why Paul sent Epaphroditus back to Philippi.
        Read I Corinthians 2:26.
            How should we feel when others are hurting?


Maxim of the Moment

Love’s demise is indifference.