Serve Like Jesus

Philippians 2:1-11

October 9th - 15th, 2016

Warm Up: Walking in humility is the doorway to unity, life, and freedom. Philippians 2:1-11 presents a vision for humble service that is as theologically rich as it is practical. Read it aloud together. Paul’s train of thought basically develops like this: Hasn’t God been unbelievably good to you? Haven’t you experienced His goodness in tangible and life-altering ways? He emptied Himself and in doing so, filled you up. Now you have an example of how to live. Follow His lead because His mind (of humility) already belongs to you (v.5)

  • Four questions are presented in V.1 which are meant to usher the believer into four supernatural certainties. We have: encouragement from belonging to Christ, Comfort from His love, Fellowship in the Spirit, and Tender & Compassionate hearts. 
  • Which of these certainties means a lot to you in this season of life? Why? 
  • Why might recalling these certainties be crucial in living a life of humility (v.2-4)? 
  • “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” - Phil. 2:5 NLT. Another translation reads, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,” - ESV emphasis added. Commenting on this verse David Guzik writes, 1 Corinthians 2:16 says that we have the mind of Christ. But ‘let this mind’ shows us that it is also something we must choose to walk in. You have to let it be so.”
  • How is it that we possess something (Christ’s mind) and at the same time must daily choose to walk in it? 
  • All throughout Scripture the burden is upon us to “humble ourselves.” We are never to ask for humbling, but rather, are to humble ourselves as Jesus did (Philippians 2:8-11; 1 Peter 5:6-7) Why is this significant? Share a story where you were blessed to walk in an intentional path of humility. 
  • Tim Keller writes, “The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.” - Tim Keller The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
  • Consider how Keller defines the essence of “gospel-humility” in this quote. Does it right true to you? Explain. 
  • In what ways are you still very much concerned with what others think of you? (Consider Paul’s attitude in 1 Corinthians 3:21 — 4:7) How is gospel-humility cultivated in a person’s life?

Wrap Up: Three conclusions came from Sunday’s sermon: 1. God never asks us to do what He has not first enabled us to do. 2. Because we have received these 4 certainties from Christ - encouragement, comfort, fellowship, and tender and compassionate hearts - we are unified by them. 3. We have the resources and responsibility to live out the command to serve others in humility leading to the experience of unity.