Pastor’s Message

A look at the words in Paul's letter to the Phillipians

First take a look at the words spoken by the pastor to the congregation every time new members (or partners) are received into the household of God (the church).

"Members of the household of God, I commend these persons to your love and care. Do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love."

These words mirror the spirit behind Paul’s words to the church at Philippi:

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition
or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself".

Phil 2:3

the book of Philippians teaches us to be joyful in affliction and sacrificial in our service. I believe that God wants His church to be a place of grace, encouragement, support, and forgiveness. We will not always be in agreement on every issue, but God desires us to be united in spirit for the common good of all.

A wonderful example of this unity is found in the twelve disciples. Matthew, also called Levi, was a tax collector. In that day, (and perhaps in ours??) tax collectors were viewed as traitors to the people of Israel. Jesus called Matthew to follow Him and Matthew did. Jesus also called Simon the Zealot. As his title suggests, Simon belonged to a group that despised Rome and openly sought avenues to overthrow the Romans by any means available. Simply put, without Jesus, Simon would have “disposed” of Matthew. But with Jesus, they were united in faith and service.

May our time together in this little book challenge and equip us to be the church and people that God wants us to be.

Pastor Marty