Week 5. Thursday: The Wrong Crowd
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 3:18-19
18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: In this passage Paul tells us that there will always be people in our churches that are actually enemies of the gospel. We should not assume that everyone in the church is following Christ (see Matthew 7:21-23). Paul gives us insight into what being an enemy of the cross looks like. “Their glory is in their shame” refers to those that live for personal or self-centered glory which ultimately ends in shame. “Their god is their stomach” refers to a never ending appetite for more. This all comes from a mind that is “set on earthly things.” Paul warns us that if we live like that our “destiny is destruction.”
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
In what ways have you sought personal or self-centered glory?
How can we fight against our appetite to gain more for ourselves?
In what ways will an earthly mindset end in destruction?
PRAY: Ask God to help you set your mind on knowing Him more.