The Surrender of Glory

Scripture Passage: Philippians 2:1-11

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians about the incarnation of Jesus. The word incarnation literally means “in flesh.” It means that God came to us in flesh. Paul said that God became flesh. Understanding the incarnation gives us a model for our lives. The doctrine of incarnation is a call to imitation.

Three Ways to Imitate Christ Through His Incarnation:

1. Imitating the incarnation means I move toward needs.
The Gospel teaches us that Jesus consistently moved in the direction of the need.
Jesus was willing to lay aside glory, and move to the direction of us who are in need.

2. Imitating the incarnation means sacrifice.
If we are going to imitate the incarnation there will be a price to pay. We have the opportunity to surrender and honor and follow the Lord.

3. Imitating the incarnation means looking toward long-term rewards.
Jesus was willing to sacrifice because he was looked toward eternal rewards. We are called to do the same.

Discussion Questions:

• How does it make you feel that Jesus came down to the world in flesh to meet our need?

• How can you move in the direction of those who need the Gospel?

• What does imitating Christ through sacrifice look like for you?

• How can you look toward the long-term rewards in your life?

Spend some time praying as a family that you would imitate Christ with your life through His example in Philippians 2.

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