SOAP: Philippians 2:12-30

SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:12-30

OBSERVATION: Paul has some interesting things to say about how the people of Philippi should act as a response to what he has said about Christ (hence the “therefore” at the beginning of the passage). Especially noteworthy is a call to stand out in the world (v15). The second part of the passage indicates how important partnership in the Gospel is to Paul, and the thankfulness that he has that he has people under him that can continue his tangible work.

APPLICATION: What does it mean to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”? I’ll have a think about it and read what others have said, but I know that it’s not Paul saying that your salvation depends on what you do (for the Gospel is all about what Christ did for us). It’s the part about fear and trembling that I’m not too sure about, since the general connotation of fear and trembling is when a person is scared of something. But why would someone want to be scared in this situation?

PRAYER: My prayer is that God would help us all to be the people he wants us to be, in terms of living first and foremost for His glory and setting ourselves apart from the desires of this world.

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