StoneBridge Community Church
Cultivate - Be of the Same Mind
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Saturday 6:00 PM

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In Cultivate, we will be turning to Paul's letter to the Philippians to see how God cultivates churches so that churches will produce a "harvest of righteousness."

The Text In Context

"Humility prompts me to serve others, assigning my interests a lower priority than their needs. I should hasten to say that putting the interests of others ahead of my own does not mean that I should be subject to the selfish desires and whims of everyone who makes ungodly demands of me. Sometimes seeking the “best interest” of others calls for a rebuke on my part. Sometimes it means that I must say “No” to a request, or a demand. There are many who would like to inform us as to what constitutes their “best interests.” We must seek the best interest of our children, but they do not necessarily know or appreciate what this should require of us."Read more by following the link.
Sermon Outline

Here is a rough outline of the sermon for this week, to help you follow along.

I. Many Christians and Churches have claimed Jesus' name while doing things that don't reflect Jesus' character.
A. This is not a catholic problem, a protestant problem, an orthodox problem or a non-denominational problem. This is a Christian problem, of every tradition.
B. This is not a medieval problem, or an ancient problem, or a contemporary problem. It is a Christian problem from all times in the church's history.
C. Christians have too often used Jesus' name while ignoring Jesus' instructions and example.

II. Philippians 2:1-11
A. Paul gives the Philippians the most important instructions they'll ever receive.
B. He tells them to be of the "same mind" as one another, caring for one another and putting each other above selfish interests.
C. Paul goes on to encourage them to be of the same mind, not just with one another, but of the same mind as Jesus.
D. Paul then lifts up Jesus' humility as a model for them.

III. Jesus' character
A. One of the things that is most fun about preaching is that eventually, we always come back to talking about Jesus.
B. Jesus' humility wasn't just one trait amongst others. It was central to who he is and who he revealed God to be.
C. Paul takes us a step deeper by letting us see that Jesus' humility was a core part of God's being.

IV. Paul's words in Philippians 2:5-11
A. Jesus doesn't see his status as being God in human form as something to be exploited.
B. Christian leaders, in contrast, regularly see the power associated with Jesus' name and exploit it.
C. Paul tells us every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. The fight is already won and we know how this will play out.
D. Christians too often believe that they have to fight God's fights, which leads to Christians claiming Jesus' name while not doing things that reflect Jesus' character.
E. God has already accomplished whatever victories need to be accomplished. Our job is to point to the work God has done.
F. How can we reach the lost, if we spend most of our time fighting with them?

V. Bill's story
A. We aren't good Christians by fighting with people.
B. We are good Christians by modeling Christ's humility, caring about people, serving them and meeting them where they are.

VI. Same mind as Christ.
A. May we be of the same mind as Christ, modeling his humility.
B. May we show the world who Christ is, by giving them an example of Christ's character, through how we treat one another and treat others.
Here are the Bible quotes and references that Pastor Jon quoted from Jesus in the sermon:

"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." - Matthew 5:44
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;" Matthew 5:38-41
"The greatest among you shall be your servant." - Matthew 23:11

C.S. Lewis Institute Article on Humility

Here is a link to an article from the C.S. Lewis Institute on Pride and Humility.

Video on Phil. 2:6-11

Here is a helpful video Bible Study that focuses on Philippians 2:6-11, a particularly rich and concise section of the New Testament.

1. What is the difference between claiming Jesus' name and following Jesus?

2. How have you used Philippians 2:1-11 as a guide for your actions in the past?

3. How could you use Philippians 2:1-11 as a guide for your actions in the future?

4. Jesus calls his disciples to a life of radical humility. What do you find challenging about this call?

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