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Dr. David Whitaker | Philippians 2:1-7

Love is a verb. To fall in love, you have to have a pulse. To stay in love, you have to have a plan. It's so easy to fall in love, but it's very hard to stay in love. In a relationship, you have to make a choice: you have to choose to count the other more significant than yourself. What would the world look like if we lived this way?

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These questions are provided for your further study and application of this message. It is helpful to discuss your answers with others such as your Community Group, family, friends or an accountability partner.

  1. What is your take away from this message?
  2. Who is the most famous person you have ever met? How did you interact with that person?
  3. What is your most valued material possession? Describe this possession and how you treat it.
  4. Read Philippians 2:1. How would you answer each of those statements from your personal experience?
  5. What are some specific things you can do this week to value someone you love above yourself? (see vv.3-4)
  6. Read Philippians 2:5-7. Describe a time when you have seen someone with power choose to serve rather than to leverage that position for his or her own benefit. How did you feel when you saw that?
  7. Consider the following statement: "We can't have it both ways. We all must decide between demanding what we think we deserve and choosing to submit." Why can't we have it both ways? What are some ways this week you can choose to submit to the person you love?
  8. Moving Forward: to stay in love, you have to choose to love each other the way Christ loved you - to treat the person you love as the most important person in the world. You have to be willing to put him or her first. What is keeping you from doing this? Is it worth missing the love-relationship that God designed for you?
  9. Write out a prayer in response to what the Lord has taught you through this study and what steps in response He might want you to take.

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