Summary: This message examines the characteristics that a Christian exhibits if they have the mind of Christ.
"The Mind of Christ"
-Apostle Paul instructs the believer in v5, that he is to have the same mind as Christ did when he walked this earth.
-V6. - Paul tells us by the way, Christ Jesus is God.
-They are equal.
-They one and the same.
-1 Tim. 3:16 - Jesus was "God manifest in the flesh"
-V7. - Begins with "But"
-Paul is saying in v7, "Despite Christ Jesus being God, he did not forget why he came to this earth to take upon himself a form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.
-Paul is telling us that Christ had a mind of a servant as evidenced by the two words in v. 8, "humbled" and "obedient".
-As Christians my dear friends we are to have a servant’s mind like Christ did.
-Jesus is our example to follow.
-Two important characteristics of a servant is "humility" and "obedience".
-Jesus displayed them throughout his entire ministry.
-Culminating with his obedience to the Father by His death on the cross.
-This morning we want to look at three three aspects of the servant, Jesus Christ.
I. THE EXCLAMATION OF A SERVANT
A. Words of Humility
*James & John wanted sit on right & left of Christ in glory.
*Jesus came to give not get!!!
B. Words of Obedience
done. - The Father’s will always put first.
*Cup, Jesus talking about no his death but the Father’s
wrath poured out on sin.
*See 2 Cor. 5:21
*Earth grew dark for 3 hours.
*Jesus cried, "My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me"
*At this point God, the Father turned his back on His as
Jesus was being made sin for us and God’s wrath was being
poured out on him.
*God the Father turned His back on the Son because God is
Holy cannot look upon sin.
II. THE EXAMPLE OF A SERVANT
-Footwashing - Jn. 13:3-5; 12-17.
-Jn 19:17-18 - "bearing his cross"
-Phil. 2:8 - "...became obedient unto death, even the death
of the cross."
-Heb. 12:2 - Concerning Jesus, "...endured the cross,
despising the shame."
III. THE EXALTATION OF A SERVANT
-One day those who have been God’s servants down here will be exalted and glorified up there.
-We have examined the Mind of Christ which we saw is the mind of a servant.
-The mind of a servant is characterized by humility & obedience.
-We heard and saw in Christ:
*The exclamation of a servant
*The example of a servant
*The exaltation of a servant
-My question to you is Do you possess the mind of Christ, the Servant’s Mind?
-It’s a humble mind.
-It’s an obedient mind.
-Would you rather be ministered unto or would you rather minister to others?
-Would you rather be served or would you rather serve others?
-Are you denying self, taking up your cross and following Christ or are you satisfying the flesh, leaving your cross, and following the world, the flesh and the devil.