Reflection Wednesday! July 31st “Knowing Christ”

Reviewing the passage at Christ Church this past Sunday (Phil. 3:7 – 4:1), work through the questions below.

1: In your own words, what is the “one thing” Paul does (according to Phil 3:12 – 14), and why?

2.  From verses 12 – 16, what might hinder us from pressing on?

           What might encourage us?

3.  Read vs. 16 – Why is it important to choose the right role models?  (17 – 19)

4.  Read vs. 19 – How do “enemies of the cross of Christ” behave today?

5.  What are the sharp contrasts between vs. 19,  and those in vss. 20 – 21.

6.  In the middle of our crazy busy lives – what does it men for you to know that your “citizenship is in heaven”?

 

 

The Highlight of our week! Sunday morning!

To assist in preparing for Sunday – read this week’s passage and ask God to speak to you through it, and through the sermon entitled, “Knowing Christ”

Philippians 3:8 – 4:1  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Straining Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

4 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy andcrown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Preparing for our Day off – Sunday July 21, 2013

Making Sunday Special

Read this week’s text and ask God to prepare your heart for what He would have for you, your family, and the entire Christ Church Community!  See you Sunday!  The Highlight of our Week!

Philippians 3:1-11  “Righteous in Christ”

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Mid Week Reflection! July 17, 2013

From Discipleship Explored!     Read Philippians 2:12 – 30

1.  In your own words, what doe Paul command in Philippians 2:12?

2.  What will it mean in practice for you to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling’?

3.  After the challenge of verse 12, why should Paul’s next words inspire confidence in his readers? 

4.  In what wayrs are you aware of God transforming you or other Christians you know?

5.  According to verses 16 & 16, what makes us shine as lights (stars)?

6.  Which do you think is more necessary:  to tell people the gospel or to live a godly life among them?  Why?

 

“”Making Sunday Special” The Thursday post! Transformed by Christ

Read this Sunday’s text, and ask the Lord to speak to you as you gather with God’s people at Christ Church Westshore!   8 AM, 10:30 AM  9:15  Summer Discussion Group through Discipleship Explored.    Philippians 2:12 – 30.

12 Therefore, my beloved, fas you have always gobeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for hit is God who works in you, both to will and to work for ihis good pleasure.

14 Do all things jwithout grumbling or kdisputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, lchildren of God mwithout blemish nin the midst of oa crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine pas lights in the world, 16 holding fast to qthe word of life, so that in rthe day of Christ sI may be proud that tI did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be upoured out as a drink offering upon vthe sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus wto send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one xlike him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all yseek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy’s3 zproven worth, how aas a son4 with a father bhe has served with me in the gospel.23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,24 and cI trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.

25 I have thought it necessary to send to you dEpaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and efellow soldier, and your messenger and fminister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So greceive him in the Lord with all joy, and hhonor such men, 30 for he nearly died ifor the work of Christ, risking his life jto complete what was lacking in your service to me.

 

Reflection Monday! July 8, 2013

Thinking about how God spoke to us yesterday at Christ Church Westshore through Paul’s words to the Philppian Church (1:27 – 2:11);  here are some questions for all of us to chew on as we ponder “Standing Together in Christ”

Reread Phil. 1:27 – 2:11

1)  What does it mean to conduct ourselves”in a manner worthy of the gospel”?  vs. 27

2)  What opportunities do you have to “strive” for the gospel by sharing your faith with others?

3)  Paul and the Phillipians faced opposition because they were “striving” for the gospel (1:28 – 30).  Why might we face opposition to the gospel today?

4)  Given vss. 28 – 30, what should we remember when we face opposition?

5)  What does it mean to stand together according to Paul in 2:2?

6)  What will it mean in practice for us to “consider others better than ourselves?”