ONE LOVE
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on September 1st, 2015

Philippians 2 : 1 – 11  NKJV
 
Imitating Christ’s Humility
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 (fn) 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 (fn) 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!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

GOD intends for US – The Church – to be on ONE ACCORD
<< Acts 2 : 1 – 47 >>
GOD intends for US – The Church – to have ONE MIND & ONE MOUTH
<< Romans 15 : 1 – 6 (6) >>
GOD intends for US – The Church – to GLORIFY HIM w/ ONE Mind & Mouth
<< Romans 15 : 6 >>
GOD intends for US – The Church – to have ONE MISSION (His Will)
<< Nehemiah chapters 1 – 13 >>
AND
GOD intends for US – The Church – to follow ONE MESSAGE,
LOVE GOD and Love ONE ANOTHER

<< 1 John 3:1-22 >>
 
What is the Message?
1 John chapter 3 verse 11 says:
11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,

Today the Lord speaks to us through His Scriptures, commanding us to LOVE WITH ONE LOVE.
LOVE is a virtue;
It something that must be taught – it is also something that must be communicated.
In the last installment of the series of sermons on the concept of ONE, we learned that
we are to BE the Message.
We are to BE the vessel that communicates and expresses God’s LOVE. 
 
1.     Be The Message – Love With Your Life                        (1 John 3 : 16)  
 
2.     Be The Message – Love With Your Possessions         (1 John 3 : 17)   
 
3.     Be The Message – Love With His Truth                        (1 John 3 : 18 – 23)   
 
God’s Message is this: LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
--  God is LOVE.
--  You are Child of God, we are children of God.
--  Therefore, we must Have Love and Show Love.

As Blood-washed, Spirit-filled, baptized Believers, We HAVE the LOVE of God. We possess His LOVE.
1 John 4 : 15 – 16 NKJV
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.  (emphasis added)

As Blood-washed, Spirit-filled, baptized Believers, We SHOW the LOVE of God. We HAVE the Command and Willingness to SHOW HIS LOVE.
1 John 5 : 1 – 5 NKJV
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our (fn) faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?   (emphasis added)
 
It is God Himself that reveals to us that His Love is ONE LOVE.
His Love is not conditional.
His Love is not condemning.
and
His Love is not confusing.
** His Love is ONE LOVE. **
 
If God has saved you,
If you are a Blood-washed, Spirit-filled, baptized Believer,
Then Be LIKE GOD – Love With His ONE LOVE.
How did Jesus Christ Love With the ONE LOVE of God?
He HUMBLED HIMSELF.
In order for us as believers to Love With the ONE LOVE of God,
Then we must Be LIKE GOD, GOD THE SON, and HUMBLE OURSELVES.

HOW do we humble ourselves to love with ONE LOVE as God has called us to?
We get our minds right.
 
I.     Have the Same Mindset
Philippians 2 : 1 - 4  (NKJV)
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.
           
Share the same mindset.

The Apostle Paul says to the Church at Philippi and he also says to us today:
--  You share unity.
--  You share the encouragement of belonging – being united with Jesus.
--  You share the comfort you receive from the Love of Jesus Christ.
--  You share the blessing of having hearts that are tender and compassionate,
--  You should share the SAME MINDSET.

God says to us today through the Apostle Paul,
--  You share the benefits of salvation – being ONE with God.
--  But this sharing is only one part of picture of the abundant life lived after the moment of salvation.

The Apostle Paul says this in verse 2, “Complete my joy by being likeminded…”
--  You share the benefits of salvation – being ONE with God.
--  You must share the responsibilities of salvation – being ONE with God. 

We naturally share the benefits of salvation together.
But we must decide to share in ways that do not occur in us naturally.
We must decide to share in ways that require intentional energy and effort.
--  You share the SAME Mindset (beginning with verse 2)
          --  Sharing in the SAME Love.
          --  Sharing in the SAME Spirit.
          --  Sharing with the SAME Mind.
               --  Value others above yourself  (verse 3)Prioritize the interests of others  (verse 4) 
               --  This mindset is the mind you have been given as a disciple in Jesus Christ.
 
Get your mind right.
It is impossible to love as ONE BODY with more than ONE MIND.

II.     Have the Same Mindset as Christ
Philippians 2 : 5 - 11  (NKJV)
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature (fn) 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 (fn) 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!

In our relationships with each other, the Apostle Paul commands us to strive to focus our minds with intentionality the way Jesus did.
--  Jesus intentionally “emptied himself” (position, self-will, self-motives, self-preservation (verse 7)
--  Jesus intentionally took on the form of a slave (verse 7)
--  Jesus intentionally made himself to live in a lesser form - human (verse 8)
--  Jesus intentionally humbled Himself (verse 8)
--  Jesus intentionally obeyed God’s will which resulted in His humiliation and death (verse 8) 

Jesus did all of this with the ONE Mindset to LOVE as God commanded Him.
Jesus LOVES with ONE MIND.
Jesus LOVES with ONE LOVE.
 
Get your mind right.
It is impossible to love as ONE BODY with more than ONE MIND.
The Mindset that Jesus has produces the GLORY OF GOD.
 
III.     The Same Mind Glorifies God
Philippians 2 : 5 - 11  (NKJV)
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
The Mindset of Jesus Christ,
The Mindset we have been commanded to possess after being saved by God,
This Mindset brings glory to God.
 
Get your mind right.
It is impossible to love as ONE BODY with more than ONE MIND.


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