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2017 Journal

Week Thirteen -- March 27 - April 2


Scripture Memory:

Philippians 3:7-9

7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith.

Overview - Shine Like Stars

As Paul writes to the Philippians from prison, one can’t help but observe that if anyone had a right to complain, it was Paul. Complaining turns us off when we see it in others, but it can seep into our attitudes with almost no notice.

This week we can remember that if Paul could rejoice from the confines of prison, we can find something in which to rejoice under our circumstances. When we are able to do this under the power of the Holy Spirit, we become a beacon of light in a darkened world.

Chapter 2 focuses on what Paul called the saints at Philippi to do. The model of behavior came from Christ, and His self-sacrifice is set forth as a model for believers to share. In doing so, we become a beacon of light to our world. Just as Christ obeyed the Father even to the point of death, the Philippian Christians needed to obey as well.

Day One

Read Philippians 2:12-30

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 2:12-30

1. In what sense are you seeking to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? What would total obedience to God in this area look like?
2. Are there area where you are prone to grumbling or disputing? How can you commit these areas to God and begin to discipline yourself to act with humility and grace in these situations?
3. Would I consider myself a brother, a fellow worker, and a fellow soldier (v. 25)? Could others use these to describe me? Why or why not? Who would I describe with these terms in my life?

Day Three

Read Matthew 5:1-16

Jesus' teaching begins with the announcement of God's blessing, the call to rejoice and, like salt and light, let this blessing of God be seen in good works that give glory to the Father in heaven.


Day Four

Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-27

We will learn that proclaiming Christ demands paying a price. Paul shares with us a snapshot of his ministry. In doing so, he encourages us to follow his example, relinquishing our individual rights for the sake of the gospel.

Day Five

Read Luke 13:1-30

This passage speaks to repenting our sins, increasing our faith and understanding that Christ is the only way to the Father.