Hope In Love

Posts Tagged ‘Philippians 2: 1 – 11

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like‑minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.

So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

 

This post is part of a weekly worship blog carnival, so do stop by the worship community for more setlists and sermon recaps from around the world…

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I was away at a VisionK leaders’ training this weekend which was so awesome – I’ll write more about that on Tuesday – so I wasn’t at the morning service today.

Evening
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You alone can rescue (Matt Redman)
How great is our God (Chris Tomlin)
*Preach*
Lord, let your glory fall (Matt Redman)
Lord you are worthy (Brad Klynsmith) – so loving this song right now
God is great (Marty Sampson)
Sing to the king (Billy Foote)

Kevin was leading today, but Ronel and Abi both chose and led a couple of songs each.

Today’s preach was entitled “An Extreme God Worthy of Extreme Worship”. We sang the first 2 songs, then Brett did the preach, then we had a praise party after that.

The preach was about how God did the extreme (created Earth, wanted to wipe it out, came to Earth as a human, etc) and demands the extreme (told Abraham to kill his only son, sell all your possessions and give them to the poor, etc), but is worthy of extreme praise for what he’s done (while we were sinners Christ died for us, Father forgive them for they know not what they do, He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, etc).

Verses used: Genesis 1: 1; Genesis 2: 15 – 23; Genesis 3: 21; Genesis 6: 5 – 7; Genesis 9: 12 – 17; Genesis 22: 1 -2, 9 – 18; Philippians 2: 5 – 8; Romans 5: 6 – 8; Mark 10: 21; Luke 23: 34

Have you ever sat back and asked yourself that question…what/who do I believe in? And does your life reflect the answer you give to that question?

I know in my life from as far back as I can remember the answer would have been Jesus…and then I read the book “The Irresistible Revolution” and I started to doubt that answer.

What does it really mean to believe in Jesus? What does it really mean to be a Christian? What would my life look like if I truly believed in what I say I believe in?

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I used to have a problem with people who called themselves “followers of Christ” instead of Christians because I thought it was all semantics and it really means the same thing and they are just trying to sound all holier-than-thou…and now I am one of those people. What caused the change? Well, in my journey to discover what true Christianity is about (which is a journey I think I will be on til kingdom come) I came to the realisation that the early Christians…those who started the “faith”…were not simply Christians because they believed, what set them apart was that they lived what they believed. They took action…they believed that faith without deeds is dead! They daily took up their cross and FOLLOWED CHRIST. So the word “Christian” was used, in those early days, not to describe a bunch of people who came together once a week to sing and pray and read and then go back to their normal lives, but a bunch of people who followed the Way, who lived the Way, who truly loved the Way. People who lived their everyday life in worship and prayer and the Word. They were following Christ, not just simply saying the believe. So because the word “Christian” is misused, I choose to call myself a follower of Christ instead.

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It’s not enough for me to say I am a Christian and then my life looks no different to the lives of those who don’t follow Christ. If I call myself a follower of Christ, my life should look like that of Christ – I should have the same attitude as that of Christ (as I am writing this, Philippians 2: 1 – 11 is running through my mind). If I really believe that he is God, then my life should reflect that. I can’t call him my Lord and then live my life as if he doesn’t exist.

So how do I go about “following Jesus”? Again, still a journey of learning everyday…but I think it boils down to two things – Love God perfectly, love people perfectly! If you can get those two right then you are well on your way. Following Jesus is about having the same heart and mind as Jesus…aligning your will/plans/wants with his…meaning being in constant beautiful relationship with The Father, and selflessly loving and giving of yourself to others.

I still have a looooooooong way to go…

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So ask yourself today (and everyday) “What do I believe in? How can my life reflect that today?”


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