Sunday morning 4-8-2012 Easter

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THE UNIVERSE-ALL EQUALIZER: A Servants Heart
Philippians 2:3-11
CBC 4/8/12 EASTER SM
INTRO: What does Sacrificial Love look like?
Do we necessarily have to die to exhibit, sacrificial love to another?
  • Is our ATTITUDE one of CONCEIT or HUMILITY?
  • Is our PERSPECTIVE one of SELFISHNESS or OTHERS MORE IMPORTANT?
  • Is our FOCUS/CONCERN one of PERSONAL INTERESTS or INTERESTS OF OTHERS?
  • Is our ACTIONS one of SERVE ME or SERVE OTHERS?
TEXT:
Phil 2:3Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
    4Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.
    5Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
    6Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,
    7But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
    8And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
    9Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [e]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
    10That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee [f]should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11And every tongue [[g]frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
IT’S NOT FOR FAKES...BECAUSE IT’S SPIRIT DRIVEN
5Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus:
IT’S NOT FOR WEAKLINGS...BECAUSE SERVING IS A POWERFUL THING.
6Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God],
IT’S NOT FOR THE INSECURE...BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT SECURITY
did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,
    • Knowing He was pleasing God was all the security Jesus needed
IT’S NOT FOR THE INDECISIVE...BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT CHOOSING TO SERVE
7But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
IT’S NOT FOR THE SELF-POSSESSED...BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT EXPLORING MY SPOUSE’S WORLD TO DISCOVER HIS OR HER NEEDS
8And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] 
IT’S NOT FOR VICTIMS...BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT BEING A VICTOR
and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
IT’S NOT FOR PEOPLE PLEASERS...BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT PLEASING GOD
9Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [e]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
    10That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee [f]should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11And every tongue [[g]frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
CONCL: 
E.V. Hill, prominent pastor in Los Angeles, CA. 
Mid ’60’s rioting ravage the city of Watts near L.A.
Dr. Hill denounced the unbiblical & sinful actions of his neighbors from the pulpit
He received death threats
As the riots increased so did the sermons against it
The phone rang one night and the caller told Dr. Hill that they were going to blow up his car with him in it.
He declined from telling his wife when she asked what the message was, but finally did.
The knew there was no way to stop someone from wiring his car with a bomb during the night.
The next morning Dr. Hill couldn’t find his wife when he woke up
Eventually she came driving in the drive-way in the car
She had taken it around the block to make sure there was no bomb on board that would take the life of her husband.
THAT IS TRUE SACRIFICIAL LOVE
Dr. Hill stated that he never doubted how much his wife truly loved him.

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