Welcome Back to the Womens Bible Café™ where we’ve been studying What Matters Most: A Study of Philippians by Karen Ehman. This week we studied one of the most beautiful passages in the book of Philippians. The Apostle Paul begins with encouraging the little church at Philippi as well as admonishing them to refrain from grumbling and complaining. Using examples from the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, Paul gives some very practical ways in which we can walk as followers of Christ. He inspires us to live a life of love by considering others first and embracing a life of humility.
Let’s review a few Key Points from this week’s lesson:
- Humility is regarded as the quality or state of not thinking higher (or lower) of ourselves than we do of others. It is the right assessment of one’s own character.
- Disunity is fueled by pride (opposite of humility) and destroys relationships.
- Our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
- Cooperating with God (“working out” our salvation) is for the benefit of our faith.
- Grumbling and complaining hinders our ability to “shine brightly” for the Lord.
- “Continuing in the faith” signifies experiencing God’s Word in a life-changing way.
Many years ago, my husband and I were a part of a Christian drama group that was traveling throughout Asia. It was during this mission trip that I had an amazing experience. It was a starry night and we had just finished a beautiful dramatic presentation in front of a crowd of a several hundred people. Each performance would end with an altar call as well as prayer for the sick. On this particular evening, there had been a number of people in the audience who taunted and jeered at us as we performed. I held my Bible confidently as I gave the altar call when suddenly, a good-sized rock pelted me in the forehead. Shocked and confused, it took me a few moments to realize what had just happened. By that time, members of the team helped me up and we stood in unity as another member continued to share the gospel message. Although a few more rocks had been thrown at us, we stood firm in the faith believing that God was going to move. That night, hundreds of people came forward for prayer and received the Lord. Later that evening, I was reminded of these words, “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.”
Dear Ones, no matter what life throws our way…let us hold firmly to the truth as we live a humble life of love.
RESOURCES FOR WHAT MATTERS MOST ONLINE STUDY
- If you have not already done so register here
- Join a discussion group this week.
- Take a “joy ride” or a trip down memory lane as Karen Ehman suggests on page 104.
- Meet author Karen Ehman LIVE on Thursday May 31 at 8PM Eastern on our Facebook page
- Complete Week Four in the study book and be ready to discuss it next week.
- If you want to memorize verses during this study, look for the verse card in back of your study book.
- Optional video and audio sessions are available at Lifeway.