First, find whatever passage you want to study. You can do this verse by verse, chapter by chapter, for any section of the Bible you are reading.
Today let's look at Philippians 2:5-8.
1. What does it say?
Note what is happening and what is being talked about.
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!"
If you're stuck on what the passage is talking about, you can read around the passage for the context (Philippians 2).
2. What does it mean?
Think about the deeper meanings behind the Scripture, as well as the context (what's going on around the scene). Is the Scripture intended to be taken literally or figuratively? If there's something you don't understand, do a little research. There are plenty of websites that will help you understand the Bible, verse by verse. You can also ask your parents or your youth pastor if you get stuck.
- In these verses, Paul describes the glory and awesomeness of Jesus and how He gave it up to save us.
3. What does it mean for me?
Here's the take-away. How does it apply to your life? What are you supposed to do with it?
- In verse 5, Paul clearly states that "your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus". Going back to question 2, that means that we are to be living examples of Christ's humility. Christ was also "obedient to death" even though He is the Lord, showing that we are also to be obedient to God.
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