Less is Best | Philippians: Joy in the Journey | Pastor Andrew Cromwell

July 31, 2022   /   Koinonia Church

Less is Best
Philippians: Joy in the Journey Part 2 | Pastor Andrew Cromwell

 

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Philippians Chapter 2 NIV

1 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, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God,

    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7 rather, he made himself nothing

    by taking the very nature of a servant,

    being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a man,

    he humbled himself

    by becoming obedient to death—

        even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

    and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

    to the glory of God the Father.


Do Everything Without Grumbling


12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

 

Outline of Chapter 2

  • Verses 1-5: Encouragement to Be Like Christ
  • Verses 6-11: The Christ Hymn
  • Verses 12-18: How Salvation is Worked Out
  • Verses 19-30: On Timothy and Epaphroditus

 

The Christ Hymn

1`. Jesus Christ is (vs 6).Philippians 2:5-6 NIV:

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

2. Jesus Christ became (vs 7).

Philippians 2:7 NIV: 7 rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

3. Jesus Christ went to the Cross and died (vs 8).

Philippians 2:8 NIV:

8 And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

4. Jesus Christ’s is now and will be (vs 9-11).

Philippians 2:9-11 NIV:

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

Philippians 2:5:

…let this mind be in you (KJV

…have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (NIV)

…have this attitude in yourselves (NASB)

Philippians 2:1 NIV: 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, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

 

The Path to Joy

  1. Step One: Get the .

Philippians 2:2 NIV: then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

2. Step Two: Get .

Philippians 2:3 NIV: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

“Pride is ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling concentration on the self.” – C. S. Lewis

    • Pride makes you a .
    • Pride makes you .
    • Pride thrives in .

Matthew 10:39 NLT
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

 

3. Step Three: Get .

Philippians 2:4 NIV: not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Helpful Spiritual Disciplines for Becoming Less

    • Submission

    • Service

    • Celebration

 

Philippians 2:12-18 NIV:

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

 

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