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Dec 01, 2019 | Craig Lile

I Have Rights . . . Or Should Christians Claim Them?

Philippians 2:5-11

We live in a world that demands rights, privileges, power and position. Protests, rallies, lawsuits and conflicts are destroying our country and many people’s lives. Christmas is a beautiful time to refocus, not only through celebrating the coming of Jesus but also by examining the humility, attitude and emptying of self Jesus chose in order to secure our salvation. The doctrine of Kenosis/Emptying of Christ in Philippians 2:5-11 is life changing for believers who choose to imitate Christ by seeking and asking God to help them achieve this same attitude and goal for their lives.

I Have Rights . . . Or Should Christians Claim Them?
Philippians 2:5-11   Pew Bible – Page 639

Should we accept the claim that this passage is a hymn or poetry?  _______________

In context, Paul’s goal is for Christians to choose and embrace humility and obedience toward God, ultimately to live as ____________________ to God and all people. 

The phrases are very rich in this passage:
- “form of God” and “equality with God” distinguishes Jesus’ personal and positional _____________________ with God.
- “kenosis” comes from kenoō in verse 7, meaning “emptied.” By taking upon Himself what He had never had before - “form of a servant/likeness of humanity” - Jesus did not give up being God, but emptied Himself of the right to preside as God apart from the Father!
- “exploited/grasped” in verse 6 means to “be clutched, seized or retained at ________  __________.”
- “even death on a cross” indicated it was not to be natural or accidental but would be shameful. 

A Few of the Apostle Paul’s Applications to Believers  
I Corinthians 8:1-11:1
- Though Paul was not forbidden from certain morally indifferent actions, ____________ led him to deny himself if _______________ Christians would be caused to stumble through his liberty.
- Paul denied himself many basic rights as an apostle, always prioritizing winning as many people as possible to Christ.
- Paul glorified God by seeking the welfare of others, encouraging all believers to imitate him just as he was imitating Christ (11:1).

II Corinthians 8:1-9:15
- Paul urged believers to give money to extremely poor Jewish believers in Jerusalem.
- Paul promoted financial ____________________.
- Because of what Christ had done for them, they were to imitate Christ among fellow believers.

Ephesians 5:22-28
The relationship between Christ and the Church should be  modeled on earth by Christian grooms and their brides. Both are to submit to Christ.  _______________ is to love, lead and nurture his wife. _______________ is to submit, respect and love her husband.

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