Part 18 CONTINUED - The Disciplines of the Spirit Discipline Eight: Living A Life of Submission
The man must be patiently cultivated to produce a wise man; and the wise man must be tested and tried if he is to become righteous, and the righteous man must have substituted the will of God for his individual will, if he is to become a godly man. ~HENRI FREDERIC AMIEL (1821 - 1881)
BIG IDEA: As disciples of Jesus we have been called to the One who, being in the form of God, did not consider it something to be held onto to be equal with God, but taking the form of a servant, “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). The pathway of biblical surrender is not only to yield to Christ as Lord but also to follow Him as the Servant who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
BIG PEOPLE PRACTICE: Few ideas concerning discipleship in Christ Jesus have been more distorted that the concept of submission. We are never called to reduced existence; instead, we are called to a liberating refusal of a carnal insistence on “my own rights.”
Text: Philippians 2:4-11; Matthew 20:25-28
The submitted disciple learns that there is a tactical advantage—a mutual protection that takes place through (1) committed _________________ in membership with a church family, (2) submitted ________________ as a member of the Body of Christ, and (3) acceptance of a personal ______________________ to others in Christ.
The ________________ awaiting the submitted disciple are beautifully experienced when we see that true submission is more than learning the principle of submission in the _______________ of Scripture; it is learned in passing the ______________ of life. How we choose to submit in the most basic situations of our lives is the real _______________ of the degree to which we have become submitted.
Digging Deeper: My Personal Reflections...
Engage the text: Ask questions to see what answers the Scriptures provide: who, what, when, where, and how?
Know the text: What's the meaning for the original audience and then what is the meaning for me?
Listen, let the text speak: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me?
Meditate on the message: take note of what word or phrase stands out to you. Come back to that word or phrase throughout the day, being present to its impact and invitation.
Live in light of the text: Being: what does this say about my identity? Doing: what are some actions for me to obey this week in order to maximize the impact of this message?
Share: If you were to share with a friend, in a sentence or two, a key insight from today’s message, what would that be?