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Philippians 2:1-4 sermon from the DCI: Servants of Christ Jesus series at Taberncale Bpatist Church, 11/21/10

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DCI Christian Community

  1. 1. Philippians 2:1-4
  2. 2. the equal yoking of believers together by faith in Christ Jesus for thankful service
  3. 3. of Believers Equal yoking By Faithin Christ For thankfulservice
  4. 4. “Christians are to share a common life and contribute to each other’s well-being as living members of Christ’s body.” -- James Montgomery Boice
  5. 5. • Silences the critics and opponents – Respond to opposition with kindness and exemplary behavior – Stand firmly together with your brothers, through thick and thin – Move together with a unified worldview to accomplish God’s agenda
  6. 6. • Showcases the value and power of the gospel – Draw encouragement from being “in Christ” and walk beside Him – Treat wounds of disappointment with love – Partner together to grow Spiritual fruit – Make compassion a core value and let it “ooze” out of your pores
  7. 7. • Strengthens each member to make greater advances – Agree with each other whole-heartedly, as if you were one person – Choose to love the same things – Live in harmony as “bosom friends” – Move in synch with purpose towards the common goal
  8. 8. • Subjects each member to the good of the group – Quit jockeying with others for position – Feed true humility by starving yourself – Adopt a “No one left behind” mentality
  9. 9. The community is the most effective when we practice…
  10. 10. Cultivating Community*Adapted from a similar list found in Deitrich Bonhoeffer’s, Life Together 1. Control your tongue, refusing to speak uncharitably about a brother 2. Cultivate humility by remembering our own sinfulness and recognizing God’s grace 3. Listen long and patiently so that you understand your brother’s need
  11. 11. Cultivating Community 4. Refuse to consider your time and position so valuable that you cannot be interrupted by a brother in need 5. Bear the burdens of your brothers, by preserving their freedom and by forgiving their abuse of that freedom *Adapted from a similar list found in Deitrich Bonhoeffer’s, Life Together
  12. 12. Cultivating Community 6. Declare God’s Word to your brother when they need to hear it 7. Understand that Christian leadership is characterized by service and does not call attention to the servant *Adapted from a similar list found in Deitrich Bonhoeffer’s, Life Together

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