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Sermon Blog for the week of January 30, 2022

Updated: Feb 14

Scripture Starting Point: Philippians 1:15-2:4

Memory Verse: Philippians 1:21

Message Reflection Questions

  1. Begin in silence, recognizing the presence of Jesus. Imagine Jesus giving you new eyesight to see yourself as He sees you.

  2. Read Philippians 1:15-2:4. What does this show you about Jesus? What does this say about humans?

  3. What keeps us from taking the high road in gossipy situations?

  4. Do you really believe "to live is Christ"? Do you really believe "to die is gain"? If so, why do you want to remain alive in the body?

  5. Are you ready to put the kingdom of God ahead of the American dream—whatever that once was or would now become? Are you ready to claim your primary citizenship as a member of God’s kingdom?

  6. Why does the word suffering strike terror in us? Could it be because we belong to ourselves too much?

  7. Are you ready to enter a new chapter of belonging to Jesus? Will you make it a holy obsession?

  8. How do you define humility? Do you see how false humility works? What will it take for you to become truly humble? What is a step in that direction?

  9. Close with the Lord’s Prayer.

Daily Readings

□ Jan 30 Philippians 1:15-2:4, Philippians 1:21

□ Jan 31 Philippians 1, Philippians 1:15-18

□ Feb 1 Philippians 2, Philippians 1: 18-20

□ Feb 2 Philippians 3, Philippians 1:21-26

□ Feb 3 Philippians 4, Philippians 1:27-28

□ Feb 4 Philippians 1:29-30, Philippians 2:1-2

□ Feb 5 Philippians 1:21, Philippians 2:3-4


Helpful Instructions for reading

  1. Start with silence. Recognize that the Jesus in scripture is the Jesus with you where you are.

  2. Thank God for something that happened in the last 24 hours.

  3. Keep a list of names and descriptions of Jesus from the text. If someone calls him by certain name or characteristic, write this down. Ask: how can I receive Jesus as as this name or characteristic? How can I live this name or characteristic in my life?

  4. Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church. Considering praying through the nations at www.prayercast.com/nations.html.

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