The end of the Philippians letter already? It’s hard to believe that we have been in the book of Philippians for 9 weeks! That also is a clue that our summer is moving right along.
This Sunday, July 22nd, we will wrap up our summer series on the book of Philippians with a flourish and some relish. Flourish – a bit of bold fanfare. I will give you a message on the entire book, highlighting the nuggets of all 9 messages. Relish – enjoy and make pleasant to the taste. We will then have some open mic time to allow for you to share your reflections on our summer reading of Philippians: What struck you? What did you learn? How does Paul’s teaching to the Philippians impact your life?
Come ready to feast on God’s word, enjoy the fellowship of believers, and grow in the knowledge and love of God. See you Sunday!
Sunday afternoon we are sending Laura Westrate off with an open house hosted by George and Beverly Peters at their home from 3-6pm. Come and send her off to Western Michigan with love.
See you Sunday!!
We have all probably heard the call of Jesus to his disciples, “Come, follow me.” In our text for this coming Sunday (Philippians 3:15-4:3), the Apostle Paul essentially says the same thing, “Come, follow me.” He goes on to say, “Just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” This is a direct call for each of us to have a mentor or mentors in our life to whom we can look to and follow.
I remember as a kid playing the game of follow the leader. It was fun to follow someone and imitate everything they did. It was really fun to be the leader and make those who followed do all kinds of crazy things as they tried to imitate me. Paul is encouraging the same kind of thing for us in our living of life.
The question is: Who will we follow? Who are we going to imitate? This is an important question for us to discern as we think of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. There are all kinds of ‘models’ out there to follow: some good and some bad. When it comes to faith and following Jesus, who do we keep our eyes on and who do we imitate?
Do you have a living, breathing someone who is a mentor to you in the faith? We all should. Let’s explore this idea together.
See you Sunday,
This is the day, like every day, that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) Sounds like Philippians to me! As you give thanks for our independence and freedoms, make sure to direct your thanks to our great God for all of his benefits. And in your comings and goings of the holiday week, bless others along the way.
Don’t forget to pray for our country and our leaders as it grapples and they grapple with complicated issues and major decisions. May they have wisdom that comes from God. May they look to the interests of others as they serve in their elected roles of governing. May they govern well.
This coming Sunday we dive into Philippians 3:1-14 together. As you read the text in preparation for Sunday, notice that Paul gives us a ‘resume of sorts.’ No one is more qualified in ‘right’-eousness when it comes to having ‘confidence in the flesh.’ Yet, he says that he considers it ‘garbage/dung’ compared to knowing, gaining, and being found in Christ. What does he mean? Sunday we continue in our series: This is Living! Take Hold of It! Put no Confidence in the Flesh! Press on! Nothing compares…
Be safe in your celebrations and be grateful (no complaining! Ph 2:14)! Take time to read through the Book of Philippians in one sitting and pray for your country and its leaders,
The Lord bless you,