Our first Bible Study for the 2018 Summer here in Death Valley National Park compels us to think about how we serve our community. It asks us to think outside of ourselves in order to focus on the needs of others. Below is the scripture passage from the New Testament and the study questions to go along with it.

Christ’s Example of Humility

2. So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:1-11 (ESV)

  • From this passage, what verses stuck out to you?
  • How do you think those verses relate to your own life?
  • The passage says to imitate Christ (v3-5), how do you think you could do this in your own life? (v2: joy, same mind, love, one mind), humility
  • What are some challenges that you have to being able to imitate Christ?
  • How can you serve the people around you?

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