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JOY IN THE LIKENESS
December 5, 2020

JOY IN THE LIKENESS

December 5, 2020

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MESSAGENOTES

JOY IN THE LIKENESS

DEC 5/6, 2020

 

Luke 1:26-38 (ESV)

 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Philippians 1:21-26 (ESV)

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

Philippians 2:1-11 (ESV)

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

– Grace transforms Residents of Earth into Citizens of Heaven – 

Philippians 2:5 (ESV)

Every believer can have Joy in the Likeness of Jesus Christ by having three MINDSETS

#1 Mindset: COUNT

Philippians 2:6 (ESV)

How do I count equality?

Philippians 2:3 (ESV)

How do I count others?

#2 Mindset: SERVE

Philippians 2:7 (ESV)

How do I serve?

Luke 1:38 (ESV)

Who do I serve?

#3 Mindset: OBEY

Philippians 2:8 (ESV)

How far do I obey?

Luke 1:38 (ESV)

What standard do I obey?

I will have more JOY when I:

1. COUNT like Jesus Christ

2. SERVE like Jesus Christ

3. OBEY like Jesus Christ

Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)

Every NAME  – v. 9

Every KNEE  – v. 10

Every TONGUE  – v. 11

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