by Ernest Easley

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Who is Jesus Christ? (7 of 16)
Series: Joy for the Journey
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Philippians 2:5-11
April 29, 2007

Now as you're turning to the New Testament book of Philippians .. we concluded last Sunday night talking about the self-centered life vs. the self-surrendered life. Those who are self-centered .. control freaks .. never get what they want: JOY. If you don't learn anything else from our study of the book of Philippians learn this: the self-surrendered life leads to a joyfilled life.

Let me put that another way: the more self-centered you become .. the less joyful you become. The most miserable people on earth and may I add in the church are the self-centered people. The more self-surrendered the more joy .. the more self-centered the less the joy.

And that's what the book of Philippians is all about: JOY and how to get it! Last Sunday we concluded by looking at 2 Corinthians 5.9, "Therefore, we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him." If you will make it your aim .. your ambition .. your goal each day to be well pleasing to Him .. you'll experience the same kind of JOY that Paul experienced.

For when your ambition is to please God .. you'll have a quiet time .. you'll be loving to your spouse .. you will forgive one another .. you will love one another .. you will put others first .. you will be a tither .. you will engage in private worship!

Now if we're going to learn how to experience joy .. we need an example to follow. And of course our example is Jesus! But before we can follow his example .. we have to know who He is! And beginning in chapter 2.5 ... Paul answers the question: Who is Jesus Christ? And by showing us who Jesus is .. he explains to us how living in Jesus produces the joy that seems to be missing in the lives of way too many of us.

Who is Jesus Christ?
Philippians 2.5-11
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, di ...

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