I'm preaching on the Kenosis this coming Sunday at Redeemer.
My prep for this message includes:
Reading the text, over and over. Carrying it with me. Pulling it out when I have breaks, and meditating on it.
Using Gordon Fee's brilliant book Pauline Christology to go deep.
Praying the text. When God speaks to me, I take notes. Some of these will make it into this Sunday's sermon.
Expecting God to make this sermon more than human thoughts and words.
Sensing that God will take it all and activate our people with a fresh anointing of His Spirit for discipleship.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing (Greek kenosis; ἐκένωσεν ]
by taking the very nature 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.