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Philippians 2:5-11 (10 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
November 5, 1997
It is good to see you tonight. I trust that you have you're Bible with you because tonight we are looking at one of the greatest statements in all of holy scripture regarding our savior: Jesus Christ!
Look with me please to Philippians chapter 2. The theme of this little letter is Joy! And if there's one thing missing in the lives of most Christians today it is JOY!
I don't see a lot of joy ... do you? It seems that life has robbed us of joy! But Paul reminds us that life doesn't have to rob us of joy! Life's dilemmas need not rob us of joy! And how we need to learn what Paul learned and that is the secret to continual joy!
Now as we come to Philippians chapter 2.5 ... keep in mind what Paul's been talking about. He's been talking about the importance of our unity! That we need to possess a spirit of humility.
In fact .. look again at verses 3-4, "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others."
Let me tell you something about knowing and following Jesus: The Christian life is not the self-centered life ... but rather it is the surrendered life!
The favorite words of the self-centered is: Me .. Mine ... and My. I don't anything that will rob us of joy any more than the self-centered life! And the tragedy is that what the self-centered person wants the most ... they never get!
Joy isn't found in the self-centered life ... Joy is found in the self-surrendered life! That's why Paul says in v.4, "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others."
In other words .. I'm to be looking out for your interests and you're to be looking out for my interests and together we're to be looking out for each other's interests!
That's how we maintain ou ...
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