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How's YOUR 'ATTy-TUDE? (7 of 15)
Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
06-20-2010 (Father's Day)
©2010, Gerald D. Branch
In our passage today, Paul gives us what we can call "IF Statements" …
and he tells us these produce JOY,
as he says to the church at Philippi:
• Be of the same mind (Christ-minded)
• Have the same love (Christ-like love---agape)
• Be united and have ONE purpose
• Be without selfishness or conceitedness…be humble
• Look out for the other guy first…put others ahead of you
Let's look at this passage and see how this works out in our lives today…
because like Paul, we also want to have a great Joy,
but more importantly, God wants you and me…Christians to have a joy-filled life…
Philippians 2:1-5 (NIV) 1 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, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
The KEY or HINGE passage that really helps us make really good sense of all this comes out of verse 5…
here, Paul says, "Our attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus:"
For that reason, each of us should start with an 'atty-tude' check up.
And we do that by asking: How are OUR attitudes?
Now, I'm not talking about just having a good positive one…
but instead, it's more…How's your atty-tude towards Jesus?
That's where everything starts.
Because if you and I don't start with KNOWING Jesus, quite plainly,
i.e., our attitude about Jesus, our atty-tude about the church,
our atty-tude about our families, our attitudes about our work, ...
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