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Bible Study: Week 8 Day 1

Passage: Philippians 2:3-11
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming 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 acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Reflection:
1. What are the characteristics you typically associate with a King? Conversely, What are the characteristics Paul highlights in this passage?
2. What can humility look like in your life?
3. This is countercultural stuff. Is there one person that you could humbly serve this week? Ask God to use that service to deepen your relationship with him and with that person. Ask him to develop your character through your humility and service, too.

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