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Ideas:

Messiah Complex?
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
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I Corinthians 9
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
What does it mean to pick up our cross and follow Jesus? Our crosses are not redemptive!
passage: kerygmatic vs. ethical
Kerygmatic: With this approach, “Paul does not use the hymn to set forth a series of steps to follow in the imitation of Christ,” yet the Christ-hymn, which sets forth the gospel message, still calls readers to “humble Christian service.” Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 138). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
If this is the model for Christian living, then how do we model the move from incarnation to glorification?
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 138). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Missionaries in Christ; not Christ themselves.
Paul in I Corinthians: “I have made myself a slave to all.”
How to be a missionary? Is it to be Jesus to people, or to show the love of Jesus?
Missionary: incarnate or cruciform?
Incarnation: That saves people.
Our ministry does not save people, we serve merely as witnesses of Jesus.
Calvin: We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God’s: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal.
We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God’s: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal.[
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 150). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
How are we connected to Christ: Drawing on Paul, Calvin asserts that Christ does indeed live within believers, but he is sensitive to the way Paul connects this with obedient living in Christ and participating in his death. As Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (). Commenting on Paul’s phrase that “it is Christ who lives in me,” Calvin writes, “Christ lives in us in two ways. The one life consists in governing us by his Spirit, and directing all our actions; the other, in making us partakers of his righteousness; so that, while we can do nothing of ourselves, we are accepted in the sight of God.”[ 364] By participating in Christ’s righteousness, believers receive forgiveness of their sins, and as they continue to participate in Christ, the Spirit directs their lives and actions after the pattern of Christ.[ 365]
Drawing on Paul, Calvin asserts that Christ does indeed live within believers, but he is sensitive to the way Paul connects this with obedient living in Christ and participating in his death. As Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (). Commenting on Paul’s phrase that “it is Christ who lives in me,” Calvin writes, “Christ lives in us in two ways. The one life consists in governing us by his Spirit, and directing all our actions; the other, in making us partakers of his righteousness; so that, while we can do nothing of ourselves, we are accepted in the sight of God.”[ 364] By participating in Christ’s righteousness, believers receive forgiveness of their sins, and as they continue to participate in Christ, the Spirit directs their lives and actions after the pattern of Christ.[ 365]
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 151). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 151). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
How do we understand our ministry? Christian identity is derived from the pattern of Jesus’s life: self-denial and obedient service toward God and love toward neighbor. Moreover, since believers have actually been united to Jesus Christ, the way of service is not an abstract “model” for ministry, which would make Christ an “example” to follow at a distance. According to Calvin, Paul says we have been united to Christ, “not only a conformity of example, but a secret union, by which we are joined to him.”[ 366] But on the other hand, Christians are “far from being equal to Christ” as they follow him. Christian action is always derivative and subordinate, even as the call to discipleship is real—“ for though we do not overtake him,” it is right that “we should follow his steps.”[ 367] Precisely because Christ is the “King and High Priest” and we are not, there will be ways that Christians need to act differently than Christ even as we are called to carry our crosses in following him.[ 368]
Christian identity is derived from the pattern of Jesus’s life: self-denial and obedient service toward God and love toward neighbor. Moreover, since believers have actually been united to Jesus Christ, the way of service is not an abstract “model” for ministry, which would make Christ an “example” to follow at a distance. According to Calvin, Paul says we have been united to Christ, “not only a conformity of example, but a secret union, by which we are joined to him.”[ 366] But on the other hand, Christians are “far from being equal to Christ” as they follow him. Christian action is always derivative and subordinate, even as the call to discipleship is real—“ for though we do not overtake him,” it is right that “we should follow his steps.”[ 367] Precisely because Christ is the “King and High Priest” and we are not, there will be ways that Christians need to act differently than Christ even as we are called to carry our crosses in following him.[ 368]
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (pp. 151-152). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (pp. 151-152). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Witnesses!
But there is a better way— that of being sent as witnesses to Christ who discover the Spirit’s creation of a new humanity in Christ as one identifies with people of a different culture.
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 152). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.

18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 152). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The oneness of the church is a gift. The church is not one because of an achievement but because of the oneness of Jesus Christ himself. Because Christ is one, all who are in Christ are one— given one inheritance and one Spirit who enables Christians to grow in this unity in Christ.
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 157). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
How to be incarnational?
How to be incarnational?
How to be incarnational?
BE YOURSELF!
Swag Seminary Video:
Being Christ means serving rather than identifying. It means sacrifice rather than attempts at authenticity.
Realism with Other Cultures: Distinct but equal in Christ
Question 31. Why is he called “Christ,” meaning anointed? Answer. Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our chief prophet and teacher who perfectly reveals to us the secret counsel and will of God for our redemption; our only high priest who has redeemed us by the one sacrifice of his body, and who continually pleads our cause with the Father; and our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the redemption he has won for us. Question 32. But why are you called a Christian? Answer. Because by faith I am a member of Christ and so I share in his anointing. I am anointed to confess his name, to present myself to him as a living sacrifice of thanks, to strive with a good conscience against sin and the devil in this life, and afterward to reign with Christ over all creation for all eternity.[
Billings, J. Todd (2011-11-01). Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (p. 161). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Participant Ribbon
Very competitive: What’s the point of a participant ribbon? Like, has a participant ribbon done any good other than eventually decompose in a garbage heap to return back to where it belongs?
NIV Heading: Imitating Christ’s Humility
ESV Heading: Christ’s Example of Humility

Philippians 2:1-12

Imitating Christ’s Humility
Imitating Christ’s Humility
MORAL EXHORTATIONS
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, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
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, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 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:
ESV: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus
POWER FOR MORAL TRANSFORMATION
Who, being in very nature[a] 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[b] 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, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

By placing the proclamation of Christ in the hymn after his moral exhortation, Paul is pointing to the power for moral transformation. Christian behavior is motivated and empowered by salvation in Christ, not by the example of Christ.

This line of interpretation gains support from Paul’s appeal to Euodia and Syntyche to be reconciled (4:2). He urges them to be of the same mind in the Lord. The similarity of 2:5 and 4:2 is striking. The same verb to think is followed by the same reference to union with Christ. Paul is urging these two women to change their attitudes toward one another to reflect the reality of their union with the Lord. The reality of their union in the Lord should transform the way they think of one another.

Think about your union with Christ.
Take that union, and apply it to one another.
You are in Christ, not the other way around.
Poem: What is it that you need to believe in order to be a Christian?
Apostles Creed
Believe
Something to be grasped:
(1) Grasping for something already possessed. The KJV expresses this definition: “[Christ] thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”
(1) Grasping for something already possessed. The KJV expresses this definition: “[Christ] thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”
‘Something to take over’
Spoil: Taking over by force that which is already yours.

“The pre-existent son regarded equality with God not as excusing him from the task of (redemptive) suffering and death, but actually as uniquely qualifying him for that vocation.”

Quote by Wright, the Climax of the Covenant
Great Quote Summarizing the Point

In contrast to the natural human tendency to say Yes to every opportunity to exploit personal advantages of position and power for selfish purposes, this person said No to the exploitation of his divine position and his unlimited power for his own selfish pursuits. The great rulers, heroes, and gods of the citizens of Philippi were famous for exploiting their positions of power. When did the emperors, Caligula and Nero, the great conqueror Alexander the Great, or the gods Apollo and Zeus ever not regard their positions as advantages to exploit? But the one existing in the form of God said No to selfish exploitation of his position in the form of God and said Yes to the form of a servant.

“Celebration of a slave’s death on the cross.”
Our example is Christ. We are called to model humiliation and God gives us grace (as opposed to rewards us with grace!). Big difference
God exalted him to the highest place: ‘hyper-exalted’. As much as he went down, God brought him back up.
Why throw in a hymn about Jesus?
Gives us correct Christology
Gives us correct motivation
Gives us the purpose for all this: God’s Glory!

Paul moves from commending to commanding. As you have always obeyed … continue to work out your salvation.

“When Paul commends believers for their obedience, he is affirming their commitment to live the kind of life that corresponds to the gospel of Christ by obeying Christ. Obedience is defined not in legal terms but in relational terms as knowing Christ, being like him, and serving him.
Examples of ‘Work out’
Paul moves from commending to commanding. As you have always obeyed … continue to work out your salvation.

The way to continue obeying Christ is to work out. The imperative means “to cause a state or condition, bring about, produce, or create.” A few examples will illustrate Paul’s use of this word. “The law brings wrath” (Rom 4:15); “suffering produces perseverance” (Rom 5:3); “sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting” (Rom 7:8); “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory” (2 Cor 4:17).

How to Understand Work out:

The way to continue obeying Christ is to work out. The imperative means “to cause a state or condition, bring about, produce, or create.” A few examples will illustrate Paul’s use of this word. “The law brings wrath” (Rom 4:15); “suffering produces perseverance” (Rom 5:3); “sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting” (Rom 7:8); “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory” (2 Cor 4:17).

Plural ‘you’

Restoring unity in the church by serving one another is the responsibility of each individual Christian. Paul’s command in verse 14 to do everything without grumbling or arguing confronts each member with the challenge to desist from attitudes and words that tear apart the social fabric of the community.

Paul urges them to express in their community life a dramatic demonstration of the salvation given and promised to them. “What Paul is referring to, therefore, is the present outworking of their eschatological salvation within the believing community in Philippi.”

Church is signpost of the Kingdom
So much more in my absence: Teen moving away from home. Has your heart really changed? Word to the teens.
What it means that God works in you:

The verb works in means “to put one’s capabilities into operation, work, be at work, be active, operate, and be effective.” All the capabilities of God are in operation, active, and effective in the work of believers.

Not ‘let God and let God’ nor ‘God helps those who help themselves.’
IDEA: Check out meems with the above slogans...
Importance of Divine Desire

By his indwelling presence in you, in individual believers and in the community as a whole, God directs, strengthens, and sustains even the will-to-work. The word will has a wide range of meanings: “to have a desire for something, wish to have, to want something; to have something in mind for oneself, or purpose, resolve; to take pleasure in.” Contemporary Christians speak of a purpose-driven church and a purpose-driven life;325 Paul speaks here of a God-driven purpose. Even our purpose, our willing and desiring to live and work for God, comes from God. God is the great originator of human willing as well as human working. That is why Paul says that we work with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us to will and to work. The true understanding that the same God who exalted the Lord Jesus (2:9) is the God who now works in us even to will to work (2:13) fills us with fear and trembling in his presence. We humbly bow before God to let his creative, gracious will regenerate and energize our will to serve him. When our own human ambitions work in us to will and to work, our human wills fight against each other and tear apart the church. In any human organization, human wills run in conflicting directions. When our wills are not bound to God’s will, we are bound to divide. Only when our wills are bound to God’s will are we free to unite.

Work to plant a church. Work to grow. Work to build relationships.
Invited my non-Christian friend over for dinner
Conclusion:

When God’s creative work is demonstrated by Christians living and working together in harmony and unity, his purpose is fulfilled.

Harmony

What does it mean to have Christ’s Mind?

Why does Paul throw a Hymn within a list of Commands?

What does it mean to work out your salvation?

Working out with the Body of Christ

Same Mind
Same Message
Same Motivation
Same Salvation
Body and getting fit. ‘Detraining’ vs. Working out
Obedience:
Obedience:

Paul moves from commending to commanding. As you have always obeyed … continue to work out your salvation.

Examples of ‘Work out’

The way to continue obeying Christ is to work out. The imperative means “to cause a state or condition, bring about, produce, or create.” A few examples will illustrate Paul’s use of this word. “The law brings wrath” (Rom 4:15); “suffering produces perseverance” (Rom 5:3); “sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting” (Rom 7:8); “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory” (2 Cor 4:17).

How to Understand Work out:

The way to continue obeying Christ is to work out. The imperative means “to cause a state or condition, bring about, produce, or create.” A few examples will illustrate Paul’s use of this word. “The law brings wrath” (Rom 4:15); “suffering produces perseverance” (Rom 5:3); “sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting” (Rom 7:8); “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory” (2 Cor 4:17).

Plural ‘you’

Restoring unity in the church by serving one another is the responsibility of each individual Christian. Paul’s command in verse 14 to do everything without grumbling or arguing confronts each member with the challenge to desist from attitudes and words that tear apart the social fabric of the community.

Paul urges them to express in their community life a dramatic demonstration of the salvation given and promised to them. “What Paul is referring to, therefore, is the present outworking of their eschatological salvation within the believing community in Philippi.”

Church is signpost of the Kingdom
So much more in my absence: Teen moving away from home. Has your heart really changed? Word to the teens.
What it means that God works in you:

The verb works in means “to put one’s capabilities into operation, work, be at work, be active, operate, and be effective.” All the capabilities of God are in operation, active, and effective in the work of believers.

Not ‘let God and let God’ nor ‘God helps those who help themselves.’
IDEA: Check out meems with the above slogans...
Importance of Divine Desire

By his indwelling presence in you, in individual believers and in the community as a whole, God directs, strengthens, and sustains even the will-to-work. The word will has a wide range of meanings: “to have a desire for something, wish to have, to want something; to have something in mind for oneself, or purpose, resolve; to take pleasure in.” Contemporary Christians speak of a purpose-driven church and a purpose-driven life;325 Paul speaks here of a God-driven purpose. Even our purpose, our willing and desiring to live and work for God, comes from God. God is the great originator of human willing as well as human working. That is why Paul says that we work with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us to will and to work. The true understanding that the same God who exalted the Lord Jesus (2:9) is the God who now works in us even to will to work (2:13) fills us with fear and trembling in his presence. We humbly bow before God to let his creative, gracious will regenerate and energize our will to serve him. When our own human ambitions work in us to will and to work, our human wills fight against each other and tear apart the church. In any human organization, human wills run in conflicting directions. When our wills are not bound to God’s will, we are bound to divide. Only when our wills are bound to God’s will are we free to unite.

Work to plant a church. Work to grow. Work to build relationships.
Eating well: Fat
Working out: Muscle
Invited my non-Christian friend over for dinner
Take the pressure off.
Use your gifts!
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