Friday, March 30, 2007

What is the Philippians2Project?

So what is the Philippians 2 project you ask? To answer that question we need to examine Philippians 2.

1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality
with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a
servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled
himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave
him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in
heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

There is a lot to be said in those 18 verses, and many life applications. They relate to all people including Christians and especially teens. If you can adopt this lifestyle now and make it your way of life, the mistakes that were made by adults you know will be mistakes that you don't make. You will live a fulfilled life and know that you are doing what God has implored you to do.

In the next several posts I am going to dissect verse-by-verse this passage and provide life applications. I encourage you to post questions or comments on the "passages of the post". If you choose to, you may reflect on the post as part of your quiet time or daily devotional, and post what God revealed to you personally about the verses.

So in a nutshell, this is what Philippians2Project was designed for.

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