I like the way John Bunyan once described a true minister:
He is one who despises the world – is dead to its pleasures and joys; his chief aim is to exalt and glorify the Lord Jesus, his atoning blood, justifying righteousness, and finished salvation; and his greatest glory is to bring sinners to Christ, to point him out as the one way to them and to edify and build up saints in him."
The only problem I have with that quote is that I think it should be true of all of us, not just ministers! I know of course ministers have a special role to play, but the fact is, we all need to live a Christ centered life.
I am looking forward to our time together this Sunday as we look at the example of the apostle Paul and consider what it looks like to live this kind of life, see some simple steps how and are challenged as to why it is so important we do.
Come ready! Come praying! Come expectant!
I’ve included some things in the sermon brief document that I think will help you and your children benefit from the message this Sunday. Check them out. Print out what’s helpful. Or perhaps you can come up with a better plan yourself.
For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the phrase, “the good life.” To encourage them, my wife Marda will have some treats afterward.
Welcome, Announcements and Call to Worship
Scripture Reading (Philippians 3)
Preaching of God’s Word: “A Christ-Centered Church” Philippians 3:17-21
Missionary Update and Prayer (Because of security issues, this portion of service will not be live streamed.)