Paul said it well when he wrote, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Php. 1:21).” Is this how we think? Do I see death as being greater than my current situation, in that I will be with Christ? Paul, within a prison cell, reminds his writers the purpose of the Christian life. What is the purpose? To live as Christ. What is the ultimate goal? To be with Christ.
Sin has impacted all of us and as a result we all suffer through death. Each of us will have last words… This for some is a terrible event, but for those who put their faith in Christ it is a wonderful glorious event. I saw this clip and thought it handled both of these perspectives well. The only success that will transfer in this life into the next is dependent upon who you were dependent upon.
We are moving forward. Some of you are finishing up the last section of the stewardship book and some of you are moving forward into Philippians. Over the past years, in Life Groups, we have never handled a specific book of the bible to journey though together as a group. I am excited about Philippians because this letter paints a picture of what it looks like when Christ is the Center of your life.
Here’s a fly by of the upcoming five lessons:
Lesson One: Whatever circumstance that we go through, whether good or bad, we can have complete joy in Christ. (1:1-20)
Lesson Two: Our purpose in life is to live as Christ. (1:21-30)
Lesson Three: How do we live like Christ? With humility. (2:1-30)
Lesson Four: We understand the purpose of life. (3:1-21)
Lesson Five: Joy with contentment. (4:1-23)
My hope is that each of you will be able to walk away and understand the truths communicated in the book of Philippians and apply them to your life. I promise you if you apply the truths in Philippians you will be a better husband, wife, coworker, etc… but this doesn’t happen without application and accountability.
Throughout these next coming weeks my goal is to provide you with little illustrations, reminders, or nuggets on Paul’s letter so that we might truly place Christ at the center of our lives.
In closing, keep in mind the words of Paul, “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
We’re back in it! It so wonderful to see the groups starting back up and fellowshipping together once again! Tuesday night I witnessed one group and just enjoyed seeing the excitement and fun that they were having. There are many reasons to be excited for this next season of Life Groups. We have new leaders, new members, and new events coming up.
Over the last several months of Life Groups I have been really encouraged and for some reason I wanted to rely why. Most the time all of us meet together at our designated fellowships for fellowship, prayer, and instruction. Around mid-May and through August I have gotten numerous reports from leaders and members about what God was doing through their Life Group. I heard stories of member’s financial needs being met by those in their Life Group. I heard numerous reports of different groups going to the hospital to visit members going through a difficult time. I heard members taking on responsibilities by preparing dinners for someone in need. I could go on and on…
Guys this is Acts 2! You’re living it. Some of you are experiencing it. A member, who had just been through an awful experience, told her leader that this “Acts 2 stuff” Pastor Pugh talks about really does work! This member is right, it does work. But let’s remember it only works when we work together. If you’re not back in it get in someone needs you.
Keep the fellowship…