December 10, 2017: Philippians 2:1-18 (Rich Merkouris)

  • 1:33 Philippians 2: 1-18

    • 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.

      Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

      14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

  • 4:00 how did you prepare fo mom coming home?

    • Throw away the candy wrappers

    • Turn off the TV

  • 5:30 Are you ready for Jesus? Are you ready to celebrate Jesus

  • 6:30 We can celebrate the birth of Jesus, but culturally it is a little bit weird to celebrate the second coming of Jesus Christ.

  • 8:30 When Jesus returns it will be a massive event.

  • 10:20 Our hope is the second coming of Jesus Christ.

    • Some of us are apathetic to this

    • Some of us are just uncertain as to how will this unfold

    • And some of us become hysterical about the return of Jesus Christ

  • 12:00 We all just need to know that Jesus will return and we do not know when that will come

  • 13:50 However we have gotten really comfortable.

    • We don't need Jesus

    • Retirement account is there

    • we got presents under the tree

  • But we need to remember that most of the Christians in the world do not have this comfort

  • 16:00 When you think about the return of Jesus Christ, look with anticipation.

  • 18:00 Let all of the political events should not encourage us to speculate, it should drive us to our knees to pray for our fellow believers.

  • 20:00 in v12 God is saying keep on being obedient to God

  • 21:00 Sadly though, many times we use the Judgment seat to drive obedience for Christ. 

  • 22:00 We need to remember to be ourselves as Christians

  • 22:45 v15 As Christians we should be the last people to be surprised by evil. We just need to remember that God asks us to be a light in the world.

  • 26:29 How do we prepare for Christ as Children of God?

    • "Shine as lights in the world"

    • Understanding the scripture as the foundation for decisions in the world

    • We cling to the scriptures. Thought them we know the purpose and ways of God

  • 31:00 Do you have a steady diet of the Word of God?

  • 32:00 Who or what is shaping your life the most? Is it the Word of God?