Brothers and Sisters,
The Kingdom of God seems to function far different than most kingdoms of the world. In kingdoms of the world, the king must exert himself to gain and keep power and this usually at the cost of others. This past Sunday we saw from Philippians a very different way modeled by our Savior—humble self-sacrificing servanthood. Our great God took on “the form of a servant, being found in the likeness of men.” He added humanity to his deity in order to save his people, which he secured through his death, burial, and resurrection (Phil 2:8-11). Our King Jesus humbled himself by taken on humanity and then willingly walked to his death!! Power when viewed through the lens of the bible gets turned upside down.
This section of Philippians takes us far up the summit to a beautiful view of our Savior, our King. As Pastor Chuck said Sunday, “It turns out the soaring heights of Jesus’s sacrifice and exaltation was recorded simply to press into our hearts the supreme example of humble servanthood.” Brothers and Sisters, Paul walks us up the mountain to give us the clearest view of how we should live. This seemly upside down way of thinking is precisely the thinking of Jesus and in turn should be our thinking. Philippians 2:3 says it best, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Perhaps this week as you awake each morning you could ask God to grant you a deeper desire to glorify Him by following Christ’s example.
ATTENTION…The concert on October 5th supporting our mission partners 20schemes in Scotland has been moved to Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert, AZ. We also have a special Church on Mill discount you can use when you purchase your tickets. Simply entry this code getty20gagr15 on the cart page or checkout page to receive your discount. If you are undecided on whether you will attend or not, please do at least take some time to visit 20schemes website to learn more about their tremendous effort to plant gospel-centered churches in the poorest areas of Scotland. Many of us will never have the ability to physically be in Scotland but attending and inviting others to the concert is a valuable way to support them.
On October 22 in the auditorium from 8:30am-12:00 we will be having our annual DM Intensive. Every semester we take a morning to gather for a time of teaching, discussion, and community. All are welcome and breakfast will be provided. Let Pastor Chuck or Tad know if you plan on attending.
Grace be with you,