Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Live up to the Gospel, Philippians 2:5-8

For Step 3 of the lesson titled, “Live up to the Gospel” (based on Philippians 2:5-8), I want to show a series of pictures of teams and ask my class to name the various attitudes they project. The example series of pictures I have in mind includes: a football team coming onto the playing field, a rescue squad in action, an emergency medical team hovering around a patient on a gurney, a group of Christians on mission, a local church, a bible study group, and a Christian couple.

Showing this picture sequence and the associated discussion should help clarify what Paul referred to by attitude (or thinking). Next, Paul answers the question of how to bring about such a mind-set as that of Christ. Paul wants Christians to avoid pride and not be mindful of self-importance for personal advantage. Rather they should be humble, even willing to die to selfishness desires, which can be pictured by a cross. There was a "why" behind Christ's sacrificial death. He had a purpose to save that which was lost. Likewise, a Christian who has the mind of Christ will have a purpose to serve others.

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