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The Gospel Changes Our Focus On Self

Philippians 2:1-5


V. 1     The Trinity is our ____________________ as we Focus on Others instead of Ourselves


Is there any encouragement in Christ?           A_____________! 

Is there any consolation of love?                    A_____________!  

Is there any fellowship with the Spirit?         A_____________!

Is there any affection and mercy?                  A_____________!


Within the Trinity there is a Tri-_______________! 


The members of the Trinity model for us how relationships can be of mutual __________________ to all the parties involved!


V. 2     Do unto others as the Trinity has done unto you! 


The ________________ in verse two is the way it must be in our lives: Thinking, Loving, Feeling, Doing!


V. 3-4  Four basic ways to focus on others instead of yourself


Be H__________________!


Be H__________________!




Be H__________________!


There are times we have to “love from a ________________” for the sake of our own spiritual and emotional health.


How’d you like to be in the Bible because God was unhappy with you for ___________ your back on a true sister in Christ? 



“If you happily give him honor, you will not be disturbed to see him honored by others.” -John Chrysostom, 4th century Bishop of Constantinople 




“It is plain that no man can arrive at the true knowledge of himself, without having first contemplated the divine character, and then descended to the consideration of his own. For, such is the native pride of us all, we invariably esteem ourselves righteous, innocent, wise and holy, till we are convinced by clear proofs, of our unrighteousness, turpitude, folly and impurity. But we are never thus convinced, while we confine our attention to ourselves, and regard not the Lord, who is the only standard by which this judgment ought to be formed.”        -John Calvin, 16th century, Geneva




“But blessed be God, we are not under law, but under grace. And even these distressing effects of the remnants of indwelling sin are overruled for good. By these experiences the believer is weaned more from self, and taught more highly to prize and more absolutely to rely on Him, who is appointed to us of God, Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption. The more vile we are in our own eyes, the more precious He will be to us; and a deep repeated sense of the evil of our hearts is necessary to preclude all boasting, and to make us willing to give the whole glory of our salvation where it is due.”               -John Newton, 18th century, Author of Amazing Grace




The good news is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in His image to know Him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from Him. In His great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law Himself and taking on Himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in Him. He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.”

-Mark Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.