All. Out. Joy
If you are new to Rockland, let me lay some groundwork for you on how we work. On Sunday mornings, we like to open a book of the Bible, preach it, and when we finish that book...open another book.
We are constantly in awe of the fact that God spoke ages ago through the Scriptures and yet they still speak to us even today.
It always amazes me how God's ancient words are also timely words.
This Sunday we kick off a series in Philippians called "All. Out. Joy." This is a little 4-chapter letter written by the Apostle Paul to a church in Philippi (the northeast, non-boot, part of modern-day Greece), and it contains some of the great treasures of the faith.
1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
2:3 - Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit.
2:12 - Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
3:13-14 - Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
4:6 - Do not be anxious about anything
4:13 - I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Make no mistake: The book is not intended to be a compilation of quotes that would look good on bumper stickers or cat posters. This is a rich, powerful text and I don't want us to miss the true depths of the theology in this great little letter.
For the next several weeks, we will be diving in to see a greater image of God, a more perfect view of the Church, and a greater feeling of joy that maybe haven't experienced in a while.
This letter is all about joy in Christ. Who doesn't need that?
Here is a challenge for you before Sunday:
Do you have 8-10 minutes you can set aside to read the book of Philippians in one sitting? Set the time aside and read it and see what God does through it! (Parents: Bonus points if you read it aloud as a family!)
See you Sunday!
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