One of the central questions that the Philippian church (as did most churches during that time) was this: does someone need to become a cultural Jew in order to be a follower of Christ. Or simply, do non-Jews who trust in Jesus need to be circumcised. This passage is Paul’s answer to that question.
What does Paul mean by having confidence in the flesh? Why did Paul have more reason than most to have confidence in the flesh? Where does Paul’s confidence come from instead? What is the goal that Paul lives his life for?
What does it mean to live life as an enemy of the cross? What does an enemy of the cross crave? How is life different as a citizen of heaven? What is the hope of a citizen in heaven? Whose power is it that transforms us?
With chapter 4, Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi is coming to a close and he gives some last minute instructions. What does Paul encourage them to do? What is the secret to Paul’s strength and his ability to endure all things?
1 Corinthians 10:14-17
How does the church participate in the blood of Christ? How does it participate in the body of Christ? What do we the church become because we all eat from the same bread? Think about that the next time we celebrate communion together as a church.
1 Corinthians 11:17-33
What is the problem with the way the Corinthians celebrated communion? What do you think Paul means by eating in an ‘unworthy manner’ or ‘without recognizing the body of Christ’? The body of Christ can refer to the bread that the Corinthians ate during communion but it also refers to ______________ (see 1 Corinthians 10:16-17).
1 Peter 1:10-20
Who have we become because of the coming of Christ? How are we called to live in our lives in response?
The Sabbath according to the Old Testament was the seventh day of the week, Saturday, the day God rested after creating the world in six days. What is the Sabbath rest that the writer of Hebrews speaks of? How do we enter it? What is it about Christ that encourages us to hold firmly to our faith?