Bible Study—September 12, 2013
Welcome to a new semester at Cypress Campus Christians!
This semester we are covering the Crucial Points of Truth in the Book of Philippians. To prepare for this bible study, we encourage you all to continually read the epistle to the Philippians (4 chapters!!!) through out the semester. A helpful commentary can be found at Radio broadcasts of the Life-study of the Bible with Witness Lee.
In the 1st Bible study, we covered: Magnifying Christ. In [Philippians] 1:20 Paul says, “Christ shall be magnified in my body,” and in 1:21 he declares, “To me to live is Christ.” These two statements represent the basic concept of the whole book. In this book we are charged to magnify Christ and to live Him. To magnify Christ is not only to express Him; it is to express Christ by causing Him to be enlarged. We should magnify Christ by living Him in a practical way day by day. Our daily living should be a living that lives Christ. Certain ethical teachings encourage people to live by particular virtues. The book of Philippians, however, does not charge us to live according to ethics or virtues; it charges us to live according to Christ. Christ must be everything in our daily living.
Read: Philippians 1:1-21, Acts 16
Download the reading: Week 1 – Magnifying Christ
Reading: Life-study of Philippians, Message 6
Download the LSM Radio Podcast a, Podcast b
1. Pursue Him and know Him; be found in Him.
Count all things loss for Him.
Just gain Him, obtain Him; lay hold of Him.
It’s Christ the central vision.
Forgetting the things which are behind,
Press on, pursue with this mind.
By any means each hour now redeem;
Stretch forth, lay hold of Him.
2. Pursue Him and seize Him, Christ the supreme.
Just love this precious Person.
Forgetting and leaving all other things,
Love Him with your whole being.
3. Christ now is my center and reality,
My life for eternity.
All things are just dung compared to Him,
So love and just gain Him!