Oct 17 Notes & Questions
Joy in Chains
Wk 3 Joy in Humility
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. 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!
Differences Between Joy and Happiness
You choose joy. Practice joy. Know joy. Live joy. But you feel happiness.
- Imitating Jesus’ Attitude
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” (the beginning and the end)
who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,
***Jesus emptied Himself for the sake of other people, we need to do the same***
To imitate Jesus’ attitude, to find joy in our humility we must empty ourselves and set aside our rights and put other people first.
- Imitate Jesus’ Actions
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
When you Choose Humility, you Choose Joy
- Read Philippians 2:1-4, do you feel the Church (capital C, not just our church) is united with Christ? What are some of the things that divide churches? Are some reasons valid and others invalid? Why or why not?
- How do we start to put the needs of others in front of our needs?
- Read Philippians 2:5-7, what does Paul mean when he says Jesus emptied Himself? Are we as Christians to also empty ourselves? What are some things that we tend to hold onto too long that God works with us to give up?
- Should we be imitators of Jesus? If so, what are some things He did that would be examples of what we should imitate? If not, why?
- In the example of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet what stands out to you most?
- What does humility mean to you? Can you have humility and be right all the time?
- What are some things in the world that bring us Joy? Do any of them get in the way of the true joy found in Jesus? What does true joy mean to you?