A HUMBLE SERVANT
Introduction: Read Philippians 2:1-8
Begin by emphasizing verse 8
Paul grapples with teaching an attitude that should be the standard or the MO of the church. What is Culture? Culture is a complex system of behavior, values, beliefs, traditions and artifacts, which is transmitted through generations.
The church as well has a culture and we are not talking about race or ethnicity… So what should the culture of the church ought to be? Humility “esteeming one another above yourselves…” What would happen if that would be the culture that defines us as the true church of the living God?
What is Humility?
a. Preferring others above yourself
b. Who can I serve today?
c. You can be humble without having low-self esteem (It is a fact that most people with low self-esteem try to hide it with arrogance pompous behavior, snobbish attitude to simply cover up their insecurities and vulnerabilities) d. You have to be strong to be humble… it is not your exterior behavior that defines you… you have to be secure to be humble… which means you do not go around pouting that no one gives attention to you….
Last week God spoke to us that if we are going to go after Him we must take up our “cross” (broom)…. In other words, He expects us to be slaves unto Him.
That is what we are: Slaves of the Most High God and as such we ought to develop a culture of humility within the strength of the Spirit of God “who causes us to wil and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Phil. 2:13 The problem is that we do not understand or we are reluctant to see the picture given to us by God Himself how the night before He was to be betrayed he stood up and girded his waist with a towel and then he stooped to wash smelly, dusty, calloused rough feet…. A ritual reserved only for the slave
Phil. 2:9-11 READ
No wonder Paul would say to Timothy: 2 Timothy 1:8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. Sadly many times we read God’s Word and miss important lessons: “…took upon himself the form….” Phil. 2:5-8 The Mighty God: (Describe who this Mighty God is) In His majesty and Sovereign Grace… Man has still to find the secrets of the universe…. With a few apparatus here and there but he still cannot come to acknowledge that above all there is God.
He travels upon the wings of Omnipotence and Omnipresence…. Do you grasp the magnitude, the altitude the immensity of this transcendental and immanent God? a.
b. Jehovah-Rapha –The God who Heals
c. El Roi –The God who sees
d. Jehovah-Sabaoth –The Lord of Hosts
e. Jehovah-Jireh –The God who provides
f. El Shaddai- The All Sufficient God
g. Jehovah-Nissi –The Lord our Banner
h. Jehovah-Shalom- The God of Peace
i. El Elyon- Most High God
j. Jehovah Tsidkenu –God our righteousness
k. Jehovah Raah- The Lord our Shepherd
l. Jehovah Mekoddishkem- The Lord our sanctification
m. Jehovah Shammah –The Lord is present with us
n. El Olam- Everlasting God of Eternity
o. Jehovah Baal Perez- The Lord of Breakthrough
p. Abba Father- Our lover and protector- Daddy
John 3:16: He fell in love with His creation that when we yet enemies of God He came down to our level…. Mystery of mysteries…. How He, the Majestic God became flesh to enter our circle… “found in a fashion of a man….” “emptied Himself of Himself…”
All of His divinity was compromised the moment He decides to come down as a slave to give you and I example what the culture of heaven is all about….
He came down from Glory to infamy…. From grace to disgrace…. He came down to wrap Himself in sinful human flesh and was born in a horse barn and laid in a feeding trough…. Your God and my God…..wrapped in swaddling clothes to infuse in His people the culture of His heavenly Home….
Our Relational Culture
So I return today to this issue of the...
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