Ice Breaker: These verses describe a Christian’s cultural role as “shining as lights in the world.” What are some ways that Christians ought to shine? What are some ways annoying or unhelpful types of shining that we ought to avoid?
READ Philippians 2:12-18.
Living the Miracle (v.12-13)
Verse 12 instructs us to “work out your own salvation.” What is the difference between “working for your salvation” and “working out your salvation.” Why is this an important distinction?
What does it mean to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”?
How does living with an awareness of the holy presence of God compel you to live a life of holiness?
How does verse 13 encourage the obedience, the working out, and the fear commanded in v.12?
Shining Instead of Grumbling (v.14-15)
On what occasions in life are you especially tempted to participate in ‘grumbling and questioning’?
What does v.15 say about the proper relationship between the Christian and the world?
Running and Pouring Out Our Lives (v.16-18)
In these verses Paul uses images of holding fast, running, laboring, and pouring out our lives.