I need you to pray for me.
And a reason is that it will benefit you because I am to work for your progress and joy in the faith.
I love Philippians 1:18-26. As Paul looks forward to that future moment in which he will rejoice he knows that in order to get there he needs the Philippians to pray for him. It is so interesting how Paul shares his heart with us. He is faced with either living or dying. In living, he gets to keep living for Jesus. In dying, he gets Jesus. To depart (to die) is far better because we get to be forever with Jesus Christ. But to remain, Paul says, is far better for others. To remain means working for other’s progress and joy in the faith. This is the moment Paul rejoices in; that someone would adore Jesus because of what he meant to them.
This Sunday we will think thru Philippians 1:27-30, the last four verses of chapter one. Keep in mind that these four verses are a part of something Paul began in Philippians 1:12 – whatever happens to me is to advance the gospel.
This Sunday, too, following the morning service we will enjoy Sunday lunch together! Fried chicken is being provided, it is being asked that you bring a side and do not miss eating a meal together. Keep this mind: Jesus never passed up a meal with others.
Men’s Night, Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30. I am encouraging all of the men to come together for a night of encouragement – to talk with one another, laugh with one another and enjoy dinner together. And we will seek to cap it all of with getting encouragement from the good news of Jesus Christ. Seek to bring another man with you that needs encouragement as much as you do. Cost is $10.
And then Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 pm is the first of five essential Thursday evenings together: Your Walk With God is a Community Project. This is a five part DVD series taught by Paul David Tripp which seeks to convey two things: we need one another and why we need one another. I am really hoping that our whole church family will be a part of this essential time. It will be good for us, really good for us. Take time to watch this two minute clip: