NextLevel Online: Philippians

Session 6: Cruciformity in the Real World (3:15-21)

How to be a church in the world?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts

  • “The prospering of God’s cause on earth depends upon his people thinking well.” - Dallas Willard

  • Thinking “cruciformly” – not , but , because

Weird but Not Alone

  • If you do this, you will…

  • Why do we so badly need each other (to be examples of Christlikeness)?

Being the Church in the World

  • On the world

    • “enemies of the cross”

    • “destiny is destruction; god is stomach; glory is in shame”

    • “their mind is set on earthly things”

  • On the church

    • A different calling

    • A different future

    • A different Lord

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  • When in your childhood did you feel most “left out”? How much does that kind of thing bother you? Why?

  • What do you think of Willard’s quote that opened this session? Why is it important that Christians think well?

  • How has being a Christian made you weird in your cultural context? Do you see this dynamic becoming stronger or weaker? (Are we seeming weirder or no?)

  • How can we have a realistic (biblical) view of the world without slipping into an unhelpful“us-vs-them” overly combative mindset?

  • How much do you think about eternal things? How can you think about them more?

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.