Context: Paul was writing to the Philippians while imprisoned. He was writing to the Philippians to encourage them in what they were doing because, as you learn in the passage, Paul has a lot of affection towards the people of Philippi and had visited them twice before writing his letter to them.
If you want to learn more about Philippi and the context of this letter, find a study bible or do an internet search.
Read the passage in two or more Bible versions. Here is a chart of Bible versions that shows their nature along the spectrum of Word for Word (direct translation from original Hebrew and Greek) and Thought for Thought (paraphrased). Try picking a version on each end of the spectrum, like ESV and NLT. For help on choosing a bible version, click here: http://www.reachingher.com/her-resources/bible-versions/
Pick out the keywords in the passage. What are words or phrases that are repeated more than once? Write them down with the verses where you found them. If you need help picking out keywords, click here: http://www.reachingher.com/her-resources/keywords/
Using your keywords, summarize the passage in three sentences or less. If you want to go the extra mile, summarize it in a single sentence! Here’s a link to a special tool you can use to summarize more thoroughly: http://www.reachingher.com/her-resources/summarize/
Pick out some verses that are difficult for you to understand. Look up some Cross-references to get more context for what Paul is talking about. For help on how to find a cross reference, click here: http://www.reachingher.com/her-resources/cross-references/
Now, try to answer these questions based on the passage. If you don’t know the answer, don’t worry! This is what Bob will be covering in his message on Wednesday.
Verse 3 says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself…” What are some areas that we live from a place of selfish ambition? How can we practice valuing others above ourselves?
Why should we have the same attitude as Jesus (verse 5)? How do we do this?
Where does our ability to act as Christ come from?