5/31 Last Wednesday - last Wed night of on-campus CG’s & kids’ ministry; off June-July, resume Aug
6/4 Business Meeting - After 2nd service; affirmation of new Executive Pastor
6/8-6/11 Kids Summer Camp - pray for life change
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
6/18 Father’s Day
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
“Name someone at The Mount who has been a godly example to you in some way?”
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we examine a call to humble sacrifice and unity. Jesus had it all, paid it all and gave it all away… even “to the point of death”. Why? For our good and God’s glory. We are called to the same sacrificial, selfless mindset and living. And not just individually on your own but corporately, together as believers… as the church… to be unified in “having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” And Jesus gives us the perfect example to follow.
Key Passages: Phil 2:1-11; Phil 1:27-30;
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read Phil 1:27-2:11. What is your instinctive reaction to the word “humility”?
- What kind of motivation does Paul give for the church to serve one another with compassion in 2:1-4?
- How does the command for unity in 2:2 strike you?
- Do you find it challenging to avoid rivalry and to put the needs of others ahead of your own? How would your church be different if everyone faithfully lived out Philippians 2:3-4?
- How does Jesus show us the Philippians 2:3-4 kind of life? How does this passage show us our need for the Savior?
- How can you look to the interests of others more than your own today?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for unity among believers, centered on the love of Christ. Pray for God to be glorified in our unity and the gospel to be proclaimed through it.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise)
Philippians Chapter 2
Here are further exhortations to Christian duties; to like-mindedness and lowly-mindedness, according to the example of the Lord Jesus. Kindness is the law of Christ's kingdom, the lesson of his school, the livery of his family. Several motives to brotherly love are mentioned. If you expect or experience the benefit of God's compassions to yourselves, be compassionate one to another. It is the joy of ministers to see people like-minded. Christ came to humble us, let there not be among us a spirit of pride. We must be severe upon our own faults, and quick in observing our own defects, but ready to make favorable allowances for others. We must kindly care for others, but not be busy-bodies in other men's matters. Neither inward nor outward peace can be enjoyed, without lowliness of mind.
The example of our Lord Jesus Christ is set before us. We must resemble him in his life, if we would have the benefit of his death. Notice the two natures of Christ; his Divine nature, and human nature. Who being in the form of God, partaking the Divine nature, as the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, Joh. 1:1 , had not thought it a robbery to be equal with God, and to receive Divine worship from men. His human nature; herein he became like us in all things except sin. Thus low, of his own will, he stooped from the glory he had with the Father before the world was. Christ's two states, of humiliation and exaltation, are noticed. Christ not only took upon him the likeness and fashion, or form of a man, but of one in a low state; not appearing in splendor. His whole life was a life of poverty and suffering. But the lowest step was his dying the death of the cross, the death of a malefactor and a slave; exposed to public hatred and scorn. The exaltation was of Christ's human nature, in union with the Divine. At the name of Jesus, not the mere sound of the word, but the authority of Jesus, all should pay solemn homage. It is to the glory of God the Father, to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is his will, that all men should honor the Son as they honor the Father, ( John 5:23 ) . Here we see such motives to self-denying love as nothing else can supply. Do we thus love and obey the Son of God?