Summary: Life is stressful with strained and broken relationships at the core of our stress. God created us to be in relationships and in His Word we find key principles for relationship restoration. Join us as we go beyond restoration to hope.
Lakeview CHURCH November 16, 2014
Series - New Beginnings – Part 1
Humility . Grace . Hope
Walk on stage and on a big white easel board write: “Relationships” - Note: I will diagram the sermon on a large flip chart sheet as I preach.)
Turn and pause let that word sink in.
1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
9-11 Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father. Philippians 2:1-11 (MSG)
That is the plea from Paul in his letter to the Philippians found in chapter 2 verses 1-11.
Paul was calling out the people because he knew why each of us was created, given breath and life and what must happen for our lives to be fulfilled, full of joy with a since of purpose and completeness.
You see in Genesis we read of how God created the world, on the first day God created the light and separated the light and the darkness and saw it was good; on the second day God created the expanses separating the waters form sky which God called heaven and saw it was good; on the third day God gathered the water together leaving the land and called it earth and upon it God created vegetation and the trees and saw it was good; and on the fourth day God created the lights to be hung in the expanse of the sky, the sun, the moon and the stars and God saw it was good; and on the fifth day God created the birds of the air and the creatures of the sea and God saw it was good and blessed them; and on the sixth day God created the living creatures to roam on the land and God saw it was good, after creating all that we know is beautiful and perfect in this world God was not satisfied so on that sixth day as the crowning moment of creation God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our own likeness,” and after God created man and women He saw that it was VERY GOOD!”