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"Being Thankful for and Mindful of Your Christlike Friends"

November 14, 2021 Speaker: Jack McNeil Director of Youth and Families Series: Thankfullness

Topic: Thankfullness Passage: Philippians 2:19–2:31

Paul used his travel itinerary in Philippians 2:19-30 to share personal examples (Timothy and Epaphroditus) of Christ’s humility and selflessness mentioned earlier in the chapter. In the same manner, we too ought to give thanks for Christlike friends in our life, being mindful of their example, and how it can spur us on to love others.

First, Timothy genuinely cared for the Christians at Philippi (2:20-21). Note how this connects back to the example of Christ (2:4-6). A person who genuinely cares is not consumed with their own interests, however important they may be, but the interests (what is spiritually best) of others.

Second, Timothy proved himself faithfully serving as a son to a father (2:22). Note how this connects back to Jesus, who had nothing to prove, but emptied himself of his majesty and glory to relate to humanity, and offer us hope (2:7). A person who has proven character can be trusted to offer real hope because they have been battle tested (Rom 5:3-4). 

Finally, Epaphroditus gambled his life to complete what God sent him to do (2:30). This is like Christ who “…humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (2:8). A Christ-minded person gambles their own welfare (convenience, time, money, resources, energy, emotional investment) loving others.

The best travel itineraries are people who point you to Christ. Be thankful for Christlike friends, and be like-minded as you love others.

Application Questions:

1) Who are the two best examples of Christ-mindedness you are thankful for in your life? Tell them how you are thankful for them and why.

2) Which of the three examples of Christlikeness above do you think God needs to work in you most?