Tuesday, May 21, 2013
To be a Christ centered church that leads individuals to discipleship
Philippines 1:6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
When I was a teenage my grandmother moved in with my parents. One of the first things she hung up was a poster on her door. It was a poster well known for the saying: “You are special because God doesn’t make junk”. I have no doubt that the author of that saying had Philippines 1 in mind. Paul, talking to the church in Philippi, wanted the people to understand they were good people who Jesus Christ loved with all His heart. They were special because of their faith in Christ and Paul said the evidence of that was the fact that they prayed for him often and supported him in every way in his mission and ministry. If Paul used the same yardstick to measure us, as he did the church in Philippi, how would we measure up? I wonder, if support for mission and ministry, to those not in the church, is a measure for faith, how do I measure up?