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Read Scripture: Matthew 1-13

  1. How is Jesus described as “the new Moses”?


  2. What are the three elements of God’s rescue operation for the      world?


  3. What type of people typically follow Jesus?


Read Scripture: Matthew 14-28

  1. What are the three elements of the “upside down” kingdom      that Jesus proclaims?


  2. What is the significance of the Passover meal and how does Jesus      expand on its meaning?


  3. How was Jesus’ death a fulfillment of prophecy?

Gospel of the Kingdom

  1. How would you explain the Kingdom of God to someone who had never      heard about Jesus?


Bible in Five: John 1-12

  1. What is an example of how Jesus uses the imagery of ancient Jewish      feasts to explain who he is?


  2. What are two examples of how Jesus uses controversy to show who he      is?


Bible in Five: John 13-21

  1. In what ways does John introduce his readers to the concept of the      Trinity?


  2. How does Jesus invite us into a relationship with him, the Father,      and the Holy Spirit?

Video Discussion – Choose two to answer.

  • In the second video on Matthew Ch 14-28 we learn the term “upside down kingdom.” Using the Gospel readings you completed this week, along with the LASB note son Luke 24:25, Pg. 1,728, ( Even though these Jewish men…) share one or two examples of Jesus’ upside down kingdom and what makes it upside down.   
  • In Matthew chapters 5 and 6 there are several suggestions that are at odds with the current culture. Choose two you think would benefit the culture if most people did them, and tell why you chose each one.
  • In the Gospels, we see that God chose to have Jesus born into a poor family.  Why do you think this is? Compare Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” with what the world considers a blessed life.

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Chosen Passage: In this assignment and paper, you will be practicing biblical research using the resources in your Life Application Study Bible along with the knowledge you have gained so far of Philippians and the Bible.

You will choose a passage of Philippians on which to focus your investigation and analysis. Focusing on a small passage instead of the whole book gives you the ability to dig deeper and understand more fully the implications of the passage. After you complete your research and analysis, you will describe what you learned in paragraph form using APA formatting. Please follow the four steps outlined below.

1. Choose one of these scripture passages to focus your paper on.

  • Phil 2:1-4 – Reflecting the Mind of Christ
  • Phil. 3:7-11 – Trading the World for Christ
  • Phil. 3:12-14 – Pressing on Toward the Goal
  • Phil. 4:4-9 – Rejoice! And Think About Good Things
  • Phil. 4:11-13 – Finding Contentment

2. Read your chosen passage in four different Bible translations including the NIV. You are free to choose whichever translations you prefer. Two fairly modern translations you might like are The Message and The New Living Translation. Feel free to choose a translation in your primary language, if not English. You can find all of these translations at (Links to an external site.).

  • At, copy and paste the three different translations into your paper as a reference for your study. These are to be at the bottom of your paper, once it is submitted. Study and investigate these different translations, noting the differences and similarities that help you understand your passage.

3. Do an in-depth analysis and investigation of your chosen passage.

  • Read all LASB Cross-reference (CR) notes for your passage and choose the top three CR notes that are most impactful to you and help you understand your chosen passage. See image below for the location of these notes.
    • CR notes lead you to other passages of scripture that use the same word or represented idea to give you a fuller understanding of the passage.
  • Copy your top three CR notes into the references at the bottom of your paper. To do this, simply type the Bible reference (i.e. Luke 14:33) into, then copy and paste that Biblical text into your paper along with the scripture and word or phrase in Philippians it is referencing.
    • For example: Phil 3:7 – “whatever were gains…I now consider loss”
      CR: Luke 14:33 “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”
  • Read all Explanatory notes for your passage located at the bottom of the LASB page on which your passage appears. Choose one or more that you find helpful.
  • Type your chosen Explanatory notes into your references at the bottom of your paper. You will use at least one of these Explanatory notes in your paper.


4. Finally, write your paper. In paragraph form, describe and discuss the highlights of what you learned from your LASB study of your chosen passage. Discuss the interesting aspects you have discovered including pertinent information you noted from comparing three Bible translations, Cross-references notes and Explanatory notes. Here are some points to address:

  1. Compare and contrast the different translations you read and explain how these translations further your understanding of your chosen passage. Focus on differences and the richness of the translations. Please include in-text citations of scripture references.
  2. Describe what you learned from reading the LASB Cross-reference notes and Explanatory notes. What does this mean to you and how does what you learned further your understanding of your chosen passage? Please include in-text citations of all scripture references and LASB notes.
  3. In what ways does your chosen passage and what you learned impact your world view – how you see others and how you see yourself?

Your paper is to be about 1-1.5 pages in length, excluding all LASB Cross-references, Explanatory notes, and translations of your chosen passage at the end. See this download for a visualization of where to include all the elements of this assignment. Please use APA format, Size 12 font, double spaced.

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  1. Using the feedback from your Week 6 submission of a letter to Paul, edit and revise your letter to create the final paper.
  2. Add your revised letter to your combined assignments from Week 1,2,3,4 &5.
  3. Make sure your Annotated Table of Contents is updated with your letter to Paul. 
  4. Make sure your reference page is complete (must include all references from the combination of your assignments)
  5. Create a Title Page with the following information: 
    • Title of the Paper
    • Student Name (your name)
    • University
    • Instructor Name
    • Due Date

Overview of writing assignment (These are the same instructions from Week 6).

Over the past several weeks, you have studied and responded to God’s Word—the Bible, his love letter to you! You have read biblical texts closely, listened to the voices of different biblical writers and experts, written RGOs, done research, watched videos, learned the background and context of historical biblical events, identified themes, written your own poem in response to a biblical poem, and drawn connections between what you’ve read and your own life and faith journey.  In particular, you have leaned-in and spent extended time with the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Within the past two weeks, you should have edited all of your Philippians writing assignments (Week 1, 2, 3 and 5) and placed them in a folder (saved on your computer) along with an annotated Table of Contents. 

So far, so good. Now, for this final assignment, you will imagine that Paul’s letter is addressed also to you. Drawing on what you have discovered and done in this course, you will write a well-developed, honest, insightful, original letter to Paul, in which you respond to him and reflect on what you have learned about his life and ministry and the impact his letter to the Philippians has had on you personally and on your understanding of the spread of the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ. 

Keep in mind that Paul is in prison, and that like any prisoner, he is probably lonely and longing to hear from his friends. In addition, everyone needs to know that their life and their work has had a positive impact on others. So, in this letter, you are going to let him know in detail about the investigation, research and reflection that you have done and the impact it has had on you. That’s right! This is your chance to converse and respond to Paul and tell him what you think and even ask him questions! 

Though this letter will be a personal reflection, it will also demonstrate your understanding of the background, context, and overarching themes of Philippians. Your letter will compare and contrast Paul’s claims and experience with your own experience and faith journey, and you will reflect on how Paul’s letter has changed or challenged your thinking, particularly in regard to Jesus’s life and teaching. 

Here are the topics you will want to address:

  1. Let Paul know what you have studied about him. Include information about his past, his writings, his travels and ministry, the persecution he suffered, his relationship with the Philippians and any questions you may have (Week 1).
  2. Include information you discovered about joy. Describe what you learned and how it applies to your life and any questions you may have (Week 2 and any pertinent RGOs and RGO questions). 
  3. Tell Paul what your takeaway message is from your chosen passage. Include your insights from pertinent LASB notes and key words/phrases you investigated. Explain how your investigation has helped you understand Paul’s writings and apply them to your life (Week 3).
  4. Discuss the beautiful hymn text and what you learned from your research into its meaning. Be sure to share your poem with Paul (Week 5). 

General Topics to address: 

  1. What aspect of the study of Philippians has been most impactful to you, your perception of your own life, and your relationships with others? Tell Paul how his message applies directly to you and how it has affected or changed you.
  2. How has the study of Philippians impacted your own understanding of Jesus? 
  3. State where else in your Bible reading and RGOs you have seen evidence of similar concepts (synthesize your responses from your RGO homework, especially Question #2, #3 #4 about what you learned about God, people, and how it applies to your life.) 

Include a Reference Page

To help you with your letter writing, (attached sample) that can get you started.  If it is helpful, great! If it doesn’t suit your own ideas, don’t use it. Enjoy being creative!

Submit your final research paper by Sunday to include the following: 

  • Title page
  • Annotated Table of Contents
  • Letter to Paul
  • Introduction to Philippians
  • Blueprint of Philippians
  • Chosen Passage
  • Hymn Text
  • Reference page

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Bible in Five: Luke through Acts

  1. What circumstances contributed to Christians leaving Jerusalem to      spread the gospel to Judea and Samaria?       What might that tell as about how God can use difficulties in our      lives for good?


  2. How did the timing of the Jewish feast of Pentecost being in Jerusalem      aid in the spreading of the gospel?


Bible in Five: Acts

  1. Why is Chapter 15 key in the story of Christianity? How might      things be different today if the early leaders had not made the decisions      that are recounted in this chapter?

Acts of the Apostles – Paul’s Journey – What’s in the Bible

  1. How many total miles did Paul travel on his missionary journeys?


Read Scripture:  Romans 1-4

  1. How does Paul define idolatry and what are its results? What might      a current example be of an idol?
  2. What point was Paul making about following the Law when he used      Abraham as an example?


Read Scripture: Romans 5-16

  1. How could accepting our identity as new Jesus-like humans impact      our lives?


  2. How did Paul envision unity in Christ for the Roman church?  What might that look like in our      churches today?

Video discussion – Answer two or three.

  1. critical reflectionIn our Bible readings this week, we see Peter (Acts 2: 5-41), Ananias (Acts 9: 10-19), and Paul (Acts 16: 22-34) displaying amazing courage. Discuss what they risked and why. Have you ever faced a similar situation where you mustered the courage and stood up for something you believed in?  Describe.
  2. Using Acts 9, briefly explain the chain of events that led Paul from being an enemy of Christianity to being one of its greatest advocates. Have you ever radically changed or seen someone radically change? What led to that change?
  3. In Romans 12:1, the Apostle Paul says, “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices” What would a living sacrifice look like?  
  4. Both Romans 12:9-21 and 1 Corinthians 13 talk about the nature of love. Using these scriptures describe how love has been at work in your life.

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