This week’s devotional guide will prepare you for next Sunday’s sermon entitled, Having the Attitude of Christ. If you want to make the devotional guide more accessible, clip it and save it on your desktop. It’s an easy matter to open it when you boot your computer every day.
Weekly Bible Readings:
Tuesday, October 11. Read John 13:1-17. What does John say that Jesus felt for his disciples? What was the occasion being described in John 13? What did Jesus do tat surprised Peter? What did Jesus want his disciples to learn from this experience?
Wednesday, October 12. Read Isaiah 53. The Ethopian Eunuch in Acts 8:32 was reading Isaiah 53. Look at what Acts 8 says about this text. How did Philip interpret the passage for the Eunuch? What does Isaiah 53 say about the person described in that passage? Why is it appropriate as a description of Jesus.
Thursday, October 13. Read Romans 15:1-9. What did Paul say the “strong” should do? How does he compare Jesus’ behavior to ours?
Friday, October 14. Read 2 Corinthians 8:6-9. What does Paul encouraging the Corinthian Christians to do? How does he compare the behavior of Jesus in this regard?
Saturday, October 15. Read Philippians 2:1-11. This is the text for Sunday’s sermon.
Grant us such an awareness of Your mercies, we pray,
that with truly thankful hearts, we may give You praise,
not only with our lips but also in our lives by giving ourselves to Your service,
and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days.
Weekly Devotional Article: “Sing the Jesus Song” by Phil Ware
- Hostile culture on the outside.
- Selfish division on the inside.
- False teachers distorting grace.
- First, he points them to Jesus! He reminds them that they need to invite Jesus back to church!
- Second, he insists that all that they do, say, and think must be filtered through Jesus and his example. And the way he does these two things is as simple as it is powerful!
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11 NLT)
- Paul’s “Jesus filter” reminds us that we don’t have right doctrine — no matter how correct theologically we may be — if we treat people in ways that Jesus would never treat them!
- Paul’s “Jesus filter” convicts us that we cannot claim to be spiritually mature while looking down on our brothers and sisters as uninformed, ignorant, and beneath us.
- Paul’s “Jesus filter” tells us that we can’t legitimately call ourselves followers of Christ and then put our own preferences above the needs of those in our spiritual family.
- Do we welcome people into our fellowship and friendship the way Jesus did?
- Do we care for people the way Jesus did?
- Do we emphasize the teaching of Jesus above our own opinions?
- Do we spend our money on the things Jesus invested his life doing?
- Do we love each other the way he taught and demonstrated love to his closest disciples?
- Do we have the same intimate relationship with the Father that Jesus showed us?
- Do we run our interpretations of scripture through Jesus’ teaching and example of ministry?
- Do the way we handle our situations in the way that Jesus handled them?
- Do we “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”?