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Sermon scripture: Philippians 2:1-11
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in 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 of one mind.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming 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 acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Unity: (vs. 1-4)
The fact that we are all in Christ should keep us in unity.

The power of Christian love should keep us in unity.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35

The fact that they share in the Holy Spirit should keep Christians from disunity.

The existence of human compassion should keep us from disunity.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

There can be no happiness for him so long as he knows that there is disunity in the Church that is dear to him.

Unity Comes in Being Like Jesus: (vs. 5-11)
Christ is the supreme example (v.5).

Christ is of the very nature of God (v.6)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
John 1:1

Christ emptied Himself and became a man (v.7)

Christ humbled Himself to the point of utter humiliation—to the very point of death (v.8)
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
John 10:18

Christ was rewarded—highly exalted by God (v.9-11)
In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,  to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Revelation 5:12

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