February 25, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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As we continue our journey of extracting brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, let’s remember the overall theme of this letter: the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting.

For today, our specific focus is on 1:18b-30. Take a quick moment to read the passage afresh. From these verses come the following insights:

  • Our prayers encourage and help people remember the Holy Spirit empowers us to live Christ-centered lives.
  • A Christ-centered, gospel-oriented disposition gives us clarity and purpose concerning our current and eternal existence: life is all about Jesus; living for and with Him and pointing others to Him.
  • When Jesus is the center of our lives, He changes our perspective of the difficult circumstances we all face. We see them as God using them to shape us for an eternal existence with Him.
  • We need other Christians to help us stand firmly committed to the gospel. And as we stand together for Jesus and the gospel, we demonstrate at least three things to all people: 1) we believe the gospel is the only way to life, 2) we are willing to give our very lives for the gospel, and 3) we have been completely saved by God through the gospel.

As you recall, our roadmap through Philippians will be given in monthly entries, and our time in the letter will continue through mid-June. So, here is March’s map:

Date

Passage

March 4, 2021

2:1-11

March 11, 2021

2:12-13

March 18, 2021

2:14-18

March 25, 2021

2:19-24

Grace and peace to you, church family, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!