Letters of Paul

Galatians and Philippians

The Christ Hymn – Discussion Questions

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The “Christ Hymn” of Philippians 2 has been described as the core, the summary, or the “master narrative” of Paul’s gospel? Do you recall other places in his letters that might bear out that claim?  Are there elements of Paul’s teaching that you know from other letters that are missing here?
  2. How do you react to the image of Christ presented in the Christ hymn? Are there elements of that image that are problematic?
  3. How useful is it to keep in mind the Roman context of this chapter when thinking about what Paul is trying to say?
  4. Is there “fear and trembling” in your reaction to this or other scripture?
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