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The Glorious Exaltation of Christ

April 20, 2014 Series: Discovering UnExpected Joy

Topic: New Testament Passage: Philippians 2:5–2:11

Discovering UnExpected Joy
“The Glorious Exaltation of Christ”
Philippians 2:5-11
Application Questions for Week 9

 

Great movements of God often begin in
seemingly insignificant ways!

 

1. Read and reflect upon Philippians 2:6-8. This passage is rich in theological truth about the nature of Jesus Christ! What is Paul telling us about who Jesus truly is when he tells us that He was “in the form of God” and equal with God?


2. Philippians 2:6-8 reminds us that with Jesus, there is clearly more to Him than meets the eyes. What does the fact that Jesus did not use any of His rights, privileges, or entitlements to His own advantage indicate about Him? How does this impact our lives together as one local body of Christ?


3. Paul’s point in this passage is not just to fill our heads with great truths about the Lord Jesus, but to reshape our lives in ways that will cause us to be more like Him and so cause us to enjoy a deeper experience of Christian unity (verses 1-4). Since this is the case, why is a proper theology of Jesus Christ vital to proper conduct for a Christian?


4. What is the connection between Paul’s exhortation to the Christians in Philippi in verses 2:1-4 and his description of the Lord’s behavior in verses 6-11? Take a moment and prayerfully ask and answer the following questions. What will be experienced in our congregation if the truth of this text continually has an impact on our hearts? What attitudes should I prayerfully seek the Lord to change in me as a result of this passage? What rights and entitlements could I let go of in order to reflect more of Christ’s life in me?


5. Read and reflect upon verses 9-11. How does God the Father respond to the life and work of Jesus? What stands out to you in this description?

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