To Live Is Christ | Philippians

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November 5 - 26, 2017

Paul’s letter to the Philippian church is unlike a number of the other New Testament epistles in that it lacks the sharp criticism Paul is often known for. The Philippians seem to have themselves pretty well put together. Nevertheless, it is clear that being a Christ-centered community is a challenge, even in the best of times. This letter still challenges the church today as we seek to live lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

To Live Is Christ (Part 1)

Paul opens his letter to the Philippian church with the somewhat cryptic declaration: “to live is Christ.” As the meaning of that phrase takes shape, we see that Christian faithfulness entails orienting our lives around the gospel of Christ, which has dramatic implications for us and for the world.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

To Live Is Christ (Part 2)

PIn stirring, poetic language Paul recounts in memorable fashion the fundamental significance of the incarnation. But his purpose is not just to wax theological about Jesus; it is to encourage the Christian community to get beneath its divisions and adopt the mind of Christ.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

To Live Is Christ (Part 3)

After describing God's activity on our behalf in Christ, Paul urges the Philippians to follow him in imitating the self-emptying of Christ by striving to disappear into Christ, and only then, in Christ, to be found.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

To Live Is Christ (Part 4)

Paul concludes his letter to the Philippians with exhortations that serve to elucidate how the broader argument that he has been making can be incorporated into the lived practice of the Christian community. It is not a way of life that would come naturally in the first century, and it still doesn't come naturally to us today.