Purpose: To apply Paul’s ethical reasoning to a present-day issue Throughout the

Purpose: To apply Paul’s ethical reasoning to a present-day issue
Throughout the letters that you explored this week, Paul repeatedly offers the same advice to different communities navigating different ethical dilemmas: imitate Christ. But what does he mean by this? Jesus did a lot of things in his life; which part does Paul want them to imitate?
Post: In this discussion post, compare and contrast Paul’s appeal to the pattern of Christ in Philippians, 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians. Is he asking them to imitate a different aspect of Christ’s life in the different letters, or is there a common element to the pattern that Paul calls them to imitate in a variety of different situations? Cite evidence from at least two of the letters to make your case.
Next, identify a present-day issue that causes disputes between groups of Jesus-followers. We might not fight about whether or not to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols, but we have analogous debates about other contentious issues. Name one of those current debates, and then explain what it might look like to follow the pattern of Christ in the midst of that debate. How might that pattern chart a right way forward?
Your initial post should be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on Saturday.
Response: Over the next couple of days, read through the posts from the classmates in your discussion group for this week. Choose one post and offer a substantive response. A substantive response should explain what you appreciate about the post and how it enhances your understanding of the topic. It should also expand on the initial post by citing additional evidence from Philippians, 1 Corinthians, or Ephesians. The expansion might come in one of the following forms:
Complete Affirmation. (“I completely agree, and I think the following passages further support what you are saying . . . .”)
Affirmation with a Tweak. (“I’m on board with your general point, but I think, based on the following passages, I might say it in a slightly different way . . . .”)
Polite Disagreement. (“I understand how you arrived at your conclusion, but you have you considered ___________? This evidence leads me to a different conclusion. . . .”
Your response to a classmate’s post should be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on Monday.

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