Main Point: if you have been united in Christ, be united with one another.
• Why we must be unified? – vs 1-2a
• What does unity looks like? – vs 2b
• How is Unity Cultivated? – vs 3-4
Why we must be unified? – vs 1-2a
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,2 make my joy complete…
What does unity looks like? – vs 2b
2…by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose
How is Unity Cultivated? – vs 3-4
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
The Humility of Christ – vs 5-8
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.