DEVOTE ALL TO CHRIST / SACRIFICIAL LOVE
Study Date: 20 Sept 19
PHILIPPIANS2:1-11 AD 61 or 62
Biblical Location: Rome (believed to be under house arrest but free to receive visitors)
Key Verse: “Fulfil ye my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” (Philippians 2:3)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Personal interests and selfish ambitions can lead to controversies that threaten our relationships.
- To recognize the saving work of Christ.
- To learn to serve others by following Jesus example of humility and sacrifice.
- To grow in the ability to place others needs ahead of our own.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
Psalm 86:14-16; 1 Peter 5:6; Isaiah 52:13-53:9; 1 Cor 15:1-11; Phil 2:12-30).
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Comfort—consolation; an exhortation, encouragement
Compassion—pity; favor; grace.
Encouragement—act of giving someone support or hope; comfort.
Equal – equivalent; identical in quantity, size, degree or value.
Fellowship – participation; communion; “common sharing”
Joy – gladness; delight; feeling of great pleasure; jubilation.
Obedient – Listens to; submissive; willing to comply with orders or requests.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
What is the difference between happiness and joy?
How is human love different from divine love?
What is the difference between unity and uniformity? Will they always look the same?
When was the last time you had to choose your own welfare over that of another? How did you choose?
How can the relationship between selfishness and humility be compared to an eclipse?
THE SEED: DEVOTE ALL TO CHRIST /SACRIFICIAL LOVE
- Recipe for Fulfilled Joy (2:1-2)
- A direct connection with Christ is a prerequisite for lasting joy. A believer’s connection to God is through Christ and symbolized by the presence of the Holy Spirit
- One evidence of God’s active presence in a person’s life is the willingness to fellowship with other believers
- Divine love is built on unlimited and unconditional love where as human love is limited and conditional.
- As believers grow in maturity, they commit to and are satisfied when the bigger picture is accomplished, even if things didn’t go their way.
- Same love, one accord and one mind is to say, we are committed to the same purpose
- Selfishness versus Humility (2:3-4)
- Selfishness and humility are always competing and conflicting ideals
- Christianity, our individual callings (if you have a gift, you have a calling), are not a competition, but an opportunity for God to work through us.
- The bible doesn’t say that others are better than us, it directs us to think or value them “as better than us.” This is an issue of attitude not value in God’s eyes.
- When we care more for other than ourselves, God will allow others to help care for us.
- The Jesus Mindset Is the Model (2:5-8)
- Having a transformed mind allows one to operate as a servant while functioning with the confidence of a king.
- Although Christ was part of the God-head (was God), he submitted (humbled himself) to the order and hierarchy of God the Father.
- We are to make the Lord Jesus our model in the ways that we think and act as we serve others.
- Reward for Humility (2:9-11)
- God gave Jesus a name above all names.
- The name Jesus was given is also a title (Lord) that describes the power and authority that belongs to God.
- Bowing down is a universal sign of honor, respect and humility.
PLANTING THE SEED
The truth of the incarnation of Jesus Christ is a critical element of the gospel. What makes declaring this truth challenging in our culture?
What is the difference between being humble and consistently putting yourself in a position to be taken advantage of?
One consolation or encouragement we have in Christ is his love. Describe how you have experienced God’s love in your life? This week? Today?
Why is it challenging to put people we don’t like ahead of us? Do you allow that dislike to prevent you from serving them?
In what ways does our church covenant support the idea of having being likeminded or on one accord?
NURTURING THE SEED
To do something different or new often requires a shift in our thinking, why can that sometimes be challenging?
How should be consider “good” people who help others but are not Christian?
Few Christians kneel in contemporary worship. Why is that? Is kneeling necessary? Why or why not?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
Incomplete joy is a self-centered kind of joy that prospers only as long as one get’s one’s own way.
Mature and complete joy is satisfied whenthe bigger picture is accomplished even if I didn’t get my way.
Placing the needs and concerns of others before ourselves is not a naturally acquired tendency. It requires God’s continual influence and shaping to be obtained and maintained.
When we have the submissive mind that Christ had then we will have His joy and peace.
In the economy of God exaltation follows humility (1 Peter 5:6)
Christ’s life, death, and resurrection proved eternally that the way to be exalted is to be humbled before God.
Philippians 2:5 implies that attributes of Christ are attainable to believers and that we should want those attributes. However, it is up to believers to put them into practice.
Will you “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus?