Caring for One Another (Philippians 2:19-30)

Context: Caring as Echoes of Christ (Philippians 2:1-11)

Philippians 2:1-11 isn’t just exhorting us to be positionally humble, but that humility has a direction – it moves toward others. And it has an origin – Jesus. Our caring are echoes of Christ.

Key Idea – We echo the mind of Christ in counting others more significant than ourselves by our care for one another.

I. Genuine Concern for Others

  • Two ways we can begin to practice genuine concern for others:
    1. Move Toward Christ
    2. Move Toward Others
    Be interested in the seemingly mundane details
    Respond to the details with prayer

II. Personal Commitment to Others

  • “Love without an exit strategy.” (Paul Miller)

III. Shared Empathy with Others

  • See people in three categories:
    a. See the Good in Others
    b. See the Hard in Others
    c. See the Bad in Others

IV. Selfless Service to others

  • Two ideas:
    a. We care for others best with thoughtful selflessness
    b. Our acts of care are never meaningless

Matthew 25:39-40 – “‘And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”