The verses below were selected by an impartial team of NeoXenos scholars for the resumption (by high demand) of our Philippians verse memorization contest, the winners of which can expect to be taken out to El Capasino’s by a team of Elders. Winners are simply those who can indeed prove they have memorized these vital and exciting passages from one of Paul’s most powerful letters. It is a contest worth contesting for, since so many of these verses contain the distilled wisdom and power and love of God toward us!
HOWEVER, due to the proliferation of cheats and scumbags in NeoXenos – especially among the older age groups – winners are expected to prove their knowledge not only at CT, but also before entering the El Capasino celebration!
That’s right, we
will happily turn bereaved failures away from the El Capasino door the very night the festivities are scheduled, much like the wedding party parable Jesus told, where those were turned away who did not bring enough oil! (A strange story indeed!)
Yet, “Behold, the kindness and severity of God!” Paul exclaims. So there is room for kindness in the hearts of celebration-minded Elders (especially since the awards dinner is scheduled during the holiday season), because it is unnecessary to memorize these verses word-for-word. More important is memorization by significant phrase and chapter number (not verse number). So, for example, from the first verse, below, what is the significant phrase to remember? “I am confident…that He who began a good work in you will perfect/complete it…”
Here again we are trying to accommodate the older age groups, whose failing intellects and dull mental acumen are a matter of common knowledge, by virtue of their own well-rehearsed testimonies (or whines – it is not easy to discern the difference).
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, Philippians 1:9
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, Philippians 1:18 (NASB)
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, Philippians 1:29
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; Philippians 2:3
so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
…work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
Philippians 2:12-14 (NASB)
for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God…and put no confidence in the flesh,
Philippians 3:3 (NASB)
,,,I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,
Philippians 3:8 (NASB)
and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Philippians 3:9 (NASB)
… one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NASB)
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
Philippians 3:18-19 (NASB)
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
Philippians 3:20 (NASB)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 (NASB)
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Philippians 4:5 (NASB)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8 (NASB)
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NASB)
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