Summary: A hard truth we must face is that life is not about us, it never will be about us, and that will never change. Everything that happens will be to the GLORY of GOD … and we are called to merely be servants following the example of Christ.

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"Imitating Christ (Part 2)"

Philippians Sermon Series, Part 7

Philippians 2:5-11


- Last time we examined Paul’s encouragement of how we should live everyday:

- Read Philippians 2:1-4 (with emphasis):

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

- IMP: The concern is primarily with serving the community, but …

- APP: Obedience begins with the individual before the community can be served

- Paul was more than likely reminding some who had forgotten this concept

-- It was “all about them” in more ways than one, and we must NOT do this

- TRANS: We must community minded; the greater good is all to know Christ

- Once we identify with this and grasp it, we can then press on to the next section

- I want to say up front, cards on the table, this is tough stuff right here

-- When you begin to examine the application of what Paul says, it’s painful

-- APP: Painful for the reader … but MORE painful for one seeking to be faithful

- Read Philippians 2:5-11 / Pray for PEACE and UNDERSTANDING

∆ Point 1 – Change Your Mindset

- As soon as you ask , “How can I live up to v1-4?”; Paul answers VERY clearly

-- What Paul reminds us of is more important than anything we could ever do (v5)

-- “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”

- Most of us want to live life with our own mindset, especially as we get older

-- The older we get, the more solidified we get in our ways and preferences

- Obvious examples:

-- (kids) I don’t want to try that new food because I just like it

-- (adults) I think that music is too loud and it needs to be turned down

-- I don’t want to go to church because it’s cold out and the bed is too warm

- Tougher to see:

-- I don’t want to serve God because frankly, I’ve done enough already

-- Challenge: Could we not serve more like Christ in our lives today?

- Paul encourages the church quite matter-of-fact on how we should live

-- We should live to treat one another with Christ’s frame of mind (mindset)

- For us, v5 is pretty clear in this matter, but here is a backup verse to chew on:

-- Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

-- APP: We must choose to surrender ourselves to Him and to His example

- TRANS: So, if we will commit to developing His mindset …

-- We have to first start out understanding what it is that Jesus did

∆ Point 2 – What did Jesus Do?

- Re-read verses 6-8

1) Jesus did think He could ever be equal with God (v6); it was not His goal

-- This is the same issue that got Satan thrown out of Heaven

- Turn to Isaiah 14:12-15

--- “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

-- Now look at v15 to see what happens to Satan: “But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.”

- Jesus knew exactly what presuming to be like God would lead too; it’s dangerous

-- He didn’t do it, and so we shouldn’t be thinking we are “little gods”

-- IMP: Just because you know God doesn’t mean you ARE God!

- Jesus also did not think by serving He could gain an advantage over others (v6b)

-- Phil 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.”

-- The servant-hood of Christ is something we should emulate daily in our life

-- REMEMBER: Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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