December 3, 2017: Philippians 2:1-18 (Rich Merkouris)


  • 1:00 The current culture is Toxic

  • 2:42 So how do we live in a toxic culture? How do we live in the midst of this?

    • Many will say, just shut the doors and do not let them in

    • Some Christians will say we need to have an open mind. 

  • 4:21 Unfortunately, these extremes force the middle to become an extreme.

  • 5:00 How does the Christmas story influence how we live right now

    • Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
        Serve the Lord with gladness!
          Come into his presence with singing!

  • 6:20 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.

  • 9:00 When we hear Christmas, we should hear "God is for us" in light of Philippians 2

  • 9:45 There's only one character in the Christmas Story that can do somehting for you and that's Jesus.

  • 11:27 Jesus's birth was God coming alongside humanity

  • 12:12 The reason why we get excited about the baby in the manger is that is God coming alongside us.

  • 15:19 Why did God lay aside his power to become man?

    • It was the mindset of Jesus Christ

    • Because he considered you more important than his power or privilege

  • 17:50 Christ came because you are significant.

    • We have a big problem with self-esteem in our culture. We have a major challenge about how we think of ourselves.

    • We have the highest suicide rate

  • 21:00 You need to know you are significant. However, do the people around you know they're significant?

  • 22:31 The true spirit of Christmas is humility. I'm going to put the interest of someone else before someone else.

  • 23:20 the reason why you can put others before yourself is because you now that you are already significant in God's eyes.

  • 27:15 However, we are not in the mindset of deference, we need to be in the mindset of actually preferring what the other wants.

  • 28:11 Imagine what would happen if we would actually prefer each others goals and mindsets.

    • Imagine would would happen with our marriages

    • our kids

    • the workplace

  • 30:00 It's all about looking to help others with their spiritual, emotional, financial, etc... good

  • 30:50 Will you look this Christmas to help others.

  • 32:40 So where do you need to say " I need to exhibit the mindset of Christ?"

    • Marriage

    • Kids

    • Workplace

  • 33:30 What would happen in a culture that is toxic when people would start to say "you're significant!"