1 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, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:1 – 8, New International Version)
Theme: The Local Church
Thank you very much for your comments yesterday! Today, we continue our focus on the Discipline of Fellowship. In yesterday’s context, we saw that the word fellowship often relates to having things in common in Christ. One of the important things we should strive to hold in common is the mindset of Christ.
Today’s passage is Philippians 2:1 – 8 (presented above). In the passage, the Apostle Paul conveys some key essentials for fellowship. Clearly, Jesus is the perfect model of the traits required for effective fellowship.
Based on the passage, what are some of the essential traits you would expect to see in your local church if the members are committed to fellowship?