Sermon Notes

Follow Along

Joy – A Study in Philippians

Joy In Your Relationships

Philippians 2:1-8

“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NKJV)


“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

1. Stop having selfish ambitions

“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.” Philippians 2:3 (MSG)


a. Lay competition aside


“. . . make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NIV)


“What is the cause of your conflicts and quarrels with each other? Doesn’t the battle begin inside of you as you fight to have your own way and fulfill your own desires?” James 4:1 (TPV)


b. Our society teaches us instant gratification.


“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 

2. Stop having selfish Conceit

a. Pride can affect us all.


b. Arrogance


“Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord” Proverbs 13:10 (MSG)


“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 

3. Increase humility

a. Don’t put people down – lift them


b. Humility is not thinking less of yourself –


“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” Proverbs 29:23


“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:4

4. Increase consideration for others

a. Look out for others


b. Care about the lives of other people.


“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (NKJV)

5. Develop a Christ-Like character

a. Jesus is our model. .


b. He was obedient to the Father’s will


c. Jesus had a servants attitude.


“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16


If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17

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