June 1, 2014
Key Verses: “Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
Time: 54-61 CE
Background: This Philippians text includes what might be the oldest Christian hymn in existence. The hymn lifted up what it meant to be in the same mind with Christ. These qualities included surrender, humility, and obedience. Because of these things, God exalted Jesus so that all things in heaven and on earth would praise and honor him. By emulating Christ we too, can honor God and be honored by God.
Paul encouraged the Philippians to live into the kind of life described in the hymn so that God would be honored through their work and their lives.
Community: What are the top values our culture esteems for success? How do they work for or against surrender, humility, and obedience? How do culture’s top values fit into Jesus’ plan for our lives?
At Home: What hymn or Bible verse best describes your faith life? Has it been so for a while? Is it time for a change, or does this still ring true for you?
Read This Week:
Monday, Jun 2, The Promise of the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:1-5
Tuesday, Jun 3, The Ascension of Jesus, Acts 1:6-11
Wednesday, Jun 4, Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas, Acts 1:12-26
Thursday, Jun 5, The First Converts, Acts 2:37-42
Friday, Jun 6, Life Among the Believers, Acts 2:43-47
Saturday, Jun 7, Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar, Acts 3:1-10
Next Week: Sunday, Jun 8, Pentecost, Acts 2:1-21 (or Philippians 4:4-7)