What a Man Has to Do

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What a Man Has to Do

Read Philippians 2: 1-11.

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MEN-tal Hook:

1.  God calls us to look to others interest instead of our own.  Describe a time when the concern of another changed your perspective about your current situation.(vs 4)

2. The responsibility of mankind lay squarely on the broad shoulders of Jesus.  What responsibilities do you currently have that may not go noticed but are necessary? (vs 8)

3.  How can considering oneself a slave-servant as Jesus did be a key component to His mission?  (vs 7)

4.  Jesus was right even though He was treated as though He were wrong?  How might the example of losing battles but winning wars be helpful to us as men? (vs 8)

5.  Jesus had to make the ultimate sacrifice as a man.  What sacrifices do you believe men have to make? (vs 8)

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Word to the Wise

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 Word to the Wise

1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (Message Version)

1-2 You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.

3-5 I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

6-10 We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.

But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.

10-13 The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it.

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MEN-tal Hook:

1. Describe a recent circumstance/trial that you faced?  Do you believe you faced it physically or spiritually?

2.  What was the best plain and simple advice you ever gave?  Received?  Why might plain beat deep wisdom?

3.  As men, God calls us to empower and not impress each other.  What ways have you experienced being impressive get in the way?

4.  Wisdom given through scripture is God’s way of bringing out His best in us.  How is God’s best demonstrated through Jesus Christ?  Our lives?