Philippians Extras: Impossible?

Who do we consider “impossible”?

In Session 5 of A Study of Philippians, students read Paul’s beautiful “hymn of Christ” in Philippians 2:1–11, which depicts Christ’s humble service in the form of a stirring poem.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Phil. 2:1–4)

Paul was motivated by Christ’s example and love to turn his interest from himself to others, and he encouraged the Philippians to do the same. Circle-of-kids

What are some practical ways your students can have an attitude of humility and not judge people who aren’t like them as beyond the reach of Christ?

Read this article from Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk magazine:

“We attend churches where all sorts of barriers probably still exist, whether it’s between black and white or rich and poor. Judgmentalism is the metaphorical doorkeeper that keeps the undesirables and the “impossibles” from entering through the doors of our closely guarded churches.

 “Answer the following questions honestly when it comes to the word impossible: [read more from Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk magazine here]

In what ways do you look at others as “impossible”? 

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