Bethany Christian Church Podcast

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And He Stayed Human


“And He Stayed Human”
Philippians 2:1-11
December 24, 2017

What should you do or say when you open a gift from someone?

We celebrate Christmas to say “thank you” to God for the gift we received at Christmas.

The gift was the coming of Jesus.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-John 3:16

What should you do or say when you open a gift from someone?

Another way to say “thank you’ for a gift is to do something with that gift.

The best way to say “thank you” to God for the gift He has given us at Christmas is by giving that same gift ro someone else.

“If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care–“
-Philippians 2:1 (MSG)

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If you really like this gift God has given you . . .

“Then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourselves the way Christ thought of Himself.”
-Philippians 2:2-5 (MSG)

If you really like this gift God has given you, then put others first.

We put others first because that is what Jesus did with us.

Putting others first for a little while isn’t hard, but to continue to put others first is difficult.

The hard part is to live this way.

“When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.”
-Philippians 2:7-8 (MSG)

“Having become human, he stayed human.” 2:8

The gift God wants me to give others is to continue to put others first–to follow the example of Jesus.


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