WHAT DOES THE TEXT SAY?
1. How would you summarize Philippians 3:1-16?
2. According to v 17, who are the Philippians to imitate? Is it limited to the preceding context or does Paul have all of his letter in mind? Explain. What is Paul referring to when he says that he hasn’t attained to or obtained yet?
3. Who are those walking as “enemies of the cross”?
4. What do the phrases “their god is their belly”, “they glory in their shame” and “with minds set on earthly things” mean?
5. What is the significance of our “citizenship” being in heaven?
6. What perspective is Paul encouraging when he says that Christ will “transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body”? How is this connected to our citizenship?
7. What is Paul hoping his readers hear when he says, “by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself”??
8. How would you paraphrase 3:17-4:1?
HOW DOES IT APPLY?
1. Who is someone seeking to know Christ that you have imitated? Who are you imitating today?
2. How does an awareness of our citizenship impact our thinking, feeling and behavior today?
3. What makes someone an enemy of the cross of Christ? Why might their example be tempting to follow?
4. Have you ever experienced strong emotions at the thought of those who are lost in easy-believism, though they claim to be followers of Christ? Explain.
5. How can we help support each other to lovely engage those who walk as enemies of the cross?