Fan, Foe, or Forgiven? South Jordan
Culture Says: Our capacity for joy is entirely CIRCUMSTANTIAL.
Biblical Christianity Says: Our capacity for joy is ETERNAL.
Key Truth: My JOY is not based on what happens to me, but what God is doing in me and through me.
Philippians 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus
Think about it: Our ATTITUDES affect our ACTIONS.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.― Mahatma Gandhi
Question: What can we LEARN from the attitude of Christ?
- Jesus was a SERVANT.
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Christ Like Attitude: SERVING is not what I do. A SERVANT is who I am.
Galatians 5:13-15 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 20:28… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
- Jesus was HUMBLE.
Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself…
Christ Like Attitude: Pleasing God isn’t about SELF-PROMOTION, it’s about SELF-ABANDONMENT.
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- Jesus was SACRIFICIAL.
Philippians 2:8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!
Christ Like Attitude: My ALLEGIANCE to Christ is reflected in my OBEDIENCE in Christ.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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.
Acts 20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Question: Do I LIKE Jesus? Or am I JESUS LIKE?
Philippians 2:9-11 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 confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Gospel Truth: Jesus is LORD.
Gospel Shift: LIKING to LORDSHIP.
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Final Thought: If everything that matters is FOUND IN CHRIST, everything He is doing in me and through me is ALL THAT MATTERS.
- Discuss the statement, “Culture says our joy is circumstantial.” Do you agree, why or why not? Where does your joy come from? How would you describe your level of joy?
- Discuss the statement, “My joy is not based on what happens to me, but what God is doing in me and through me.” What are some of the things that God is doing in and through you right now?
- Discuss the statement, “Our attitude affects our actions.” How have you seen the truth of this statement in your life? How would you describe your current attitude (both presently or in this season of life)?
- Read Philippians 2:5-11. Discuss the notes from the message in what can we learn from Jesus’ attitude. For those that consider themselves Christ Followers, in what ways are you a servant of Christ? What steps do you need to take to grow as a servant? What part of yourself do you need to abandon to grow in humility? What keeps you from consistently having a Christ-centered attitude?
- How can we as a group help each other grow as delighted followers of Christ?