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Word One Bible Study: Palm Sunday Epistle

Our Down to Earth God

Text: Philippians 2:5-11 for Palm Sunday, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of Word One Bible Study for Palm Sunday Epistle.

Objectives
Participants will:
1.More greatly appreciate the sacrifice that Christ made to save us.
2.Consider the value of showing true Christ-like humility

Group Guidelines
The discussion leader is the one with the most siblings.

Building Community
1.Without naming names, do you know anyone who seems to be conceited? What makes you think that about them?
2.What words do you use to describe people who act "stuck-up"? Why do they behave that way?
3.How can you be a better friend to people who behave like they're better than other people?

Getting into Scripture
Read Philippians 2:5-11.
1.There are some people who do not believe that Jesus is actually, and in every way, God. What does verse 6 say about that?
2.Verse 7 tells us that Jesus came from heaven to become fully human just like us. Why is that important to us? (Check Hebrews 4;15 for a clue.)
3.Verse 8 tells us that Jesus gave His life allowed Himself to be executed in the most degrading form of death that Rome could devise. What does Isaiah 53:3-6 say about it?
4.Verses 9-11 describe for us how this crucified Jesus conquered the devil and now rules the universe. How does that fact give you hope?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
Earlier in Philippians (2:3), Paul suggests that as redeemed Christians we should "in humility consider others better than yourselves." That's not easy to do. What steps will you take so that you don't give the impression that you look down on other people?

Closing
Trying to calculate the distance that Jesus descended to carry out God's work of salvation for you. Can it be measured in miles? In light years? In degrees from heaven's perfect place to our perverse place? In a personal prayer, thank God for that immeasurable demonstration of love for your sake.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in March 2014 for youthESource.



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