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2017 Journal

Week Sixteen -- April 17-23


Scripture Memory:

Philippians 3:10-11

10 My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.


Overview - Follow My Example

As believers of Jesus Christ, we are educated far beyond our obedience, many authors have said. We can always make excuses that we still have so much to learn. The instruction for us is to live up to what we already know and live out what we have already learned. Paul called for his readers to share with him the pursuit of Christ likeness. What he wanted for himself he also wanted for them. His plea to the Philippians was that they would live up to what they had already attained, which was a righteous position in Christ. Paul wanted to keep going toward that goal and for others to follow his example. Let God’s Word work in your life this week, speaking to you about living up to the example we have seen in Paul’s life.

Day One

Read Philippians 3:12-21

What do you learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)? How is He described?

What do you learn about man? How do people act or respond in the passage?

In a sentence or two summarize what you have learned from this passage.

Where are you in the story? Ask yourself these questions: Is there an example to follow, sin to avoid, command to obey or promise to claim?

How does this passage help you pray and live in obedience today?

Day Two

Read Philippians 3:12-21

  1. How can I balance the need to be spiritually content with the call to aggressively press forward in my faith?
  2. How has God revealed to me the need to grow in various areas of my life? What area of my life is He currently working on? How am I responding?
  3. Who is currently following my example (v. 17)? How are they currently impacting God’s kingdom? What do I need to change to be a better example?

Day Three

Read  Hebrews 6:1-12

We are to grow and move forward in our spiritual development on the journey of our devotion of Christ. Just as a child grows rather than regresses in what he learns, so it is with our faith.


Day Four

Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-21

Paul describes the proper attitude we should have of those who serve God, and why we should leave the ultimate evaluation of such men to God.

Day Five

Read Mark 1:1-18

These verses comprise the prologue to Mark’s Gospel, setting the scene for the rest of the book by establishing the major theme of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.