Cool Being Unrecognized
5月 22, 2022

Cool Being Unrecognized

Preacher: 李業基牧師 Rev. Gideon Lee
Passage: Phil. 2:1-11
Service Type: 网上英语
If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others. 5 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— in heaven and on earth and under the earth— 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

A Preview of the Philippians Two-Part Series

  1. Background Reference: Easter Sunday message on Phil. 2:1-15: Unity in Humility. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Me7KpWkmA
  2. Part 1: Joy killers out there (people, things, the past, circumstance, worries). He-she-it past-present-future.
  3. Part 2: Inner contentment as source of joy. 
  4. Nevertheless, things out there are not necessarily bad, things coming from inside are not necessarily good. 
    1. Rom. 8:28
    2. Matt. 15:16-20
  5. The Joy Killer Axiom: Whatever you make into an idol will kill all your joy of having it.
    1. 1 Cor. 10:23
  6. How to deal with people as the joy killer? You cannot depend on people like you depend on God!
    1. John 2:24-25

 

An Eastern Humanist Perspective of People

  1. Isn’t it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned?
    1. The pleasure of having people: communication and community
      1. Communication: knowledge is learned from people.
      2. Community: ethics is practiced with people.
    2. Phil. 2:1-2, the joy of church unity
      1. Communication (study and learn):
        1. encouragement in Christ
        2. comfort from love
        3. participation in the Spirit
        4. affection and sympathy
      2. Community (practice):
        1. Of the same mind
        2. Having the same love
        3. Being in full accord
        4. Of one mind
    3. Perfect communication and communication are impossible
      1. 1 Peter 2:11 Strangers and exiles
      2. Augustine of Hippo: a tale of two cities
  2. Isn’t it great when friends visit from distant places?
    1. The happiness of having “fans” coming from afar
      1. Luke 4:24 No prophet is really accepted in his own country anyway!
      2. Find happiness in teaching like-minded people
    2. Phil. 2:3-4, do communication and community for the right intention
      1. Not about selfish ambition
      2. Not out of conceit.
      3. It should be about the interests of others.
      4. Don’t do communication and community as an ego therapy.
  3. If people do not recognize me and it doesn’t bother me, am I not a noble man?
    1. If you are confident about yourself, you don’t need to seek the approval of others.
      1. A noble man is a son of a king.
      2. Don’t we all need some approvals in the real world? 
      3. A singular treasure is meant to be hidden: Groundbreaking ideas are never immediately recognized.
    2. Phil. 2:5-7, emptied himself, assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity
      1. Jesus did not worry that others would not know him.
      2. Christians need not worry that others don’t understand us.
      3.  “I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others.”
  4. A Christian View on People: If people are hostile and it doesn’t frighten me, am I not a sanctified person?
    1. A Christian humanist: If you are confident about God, you don’t need to be afraid of people.
    2. Phil. 2:8-11, unafraid of being hated
      1. People could kill more than joy.
      2. Christ was obedient to death.
    3. Christians should not be afraid of death and need the courage to be “fantasy killers.”

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Are people necessary joy killers? Can communication and community bring joy?
  2. Why do we lose the joy in whatever that we turn into an idol?
  3. In what ways can we turn people and ourselves in idol?
  4. Why should Christians be fantasy killers? Doesn’t it make us joy killers?