(I write this reflection mostly for my own heart, but hope others can be encouraged by it too. I think it’s something we who are Christians need to remind ourselves often as we live out our faith in Christ while living in suburbia. Especially the nice suburbs [like Naperville, where I live!]). We all Live for a Glory We all live for something we think is great. This thing or cause or person we believe to worthy of our affection, time, and talents. This thing gives our lives significance or ident
Phil 2:1-4 is found in a section (Phil 1:27-2:18) where we believers are used to “live worthy of the gospel” (Phil 1:27). Paul desires the Philippians to live out their faith, and this meant living differently from the world around them. It is interesting to note how Paul does this. I believe he shows here a pattern found elsewhere in Scripture regarding how believers are to grow in godliness and obedience to Christ. We are not led forward, by what some would call MORALISM. Moralism says, “Obey
(the following is a post my friend Dan Tsouloufis) The Nature of Inerrancy and Infallibility Within the Evangelical tradition, the first thing we usually assert about the Bible is that it is God’s divine Word. More specifically, we assert that it is God’s breathed-out Word, since the apostle Paul describes to Timothy that “All Scripture is God-breathed…” (NIV, 2 Tim. 3:16). Thus, Evangelicals hold that God is the ultimate author of Scripture, and God (through the Holy Spirit) inspired and il
I saw down with my friend Joel Settecase, of the THINK INSTITUTE, to talk about different methods of evangelism. Some of these we use at our church in Naperville, Cross of Christ Fellowship. I hope you find the discussion edifying and helpful!
In Phil 1:9 we learn of Paul’s prayer for the Philippians. He prayed that their “love would abound more and more in all knowledge and insight,” so that they would “be able to approve what was excellent.” What we see here is the transforming power of love in the life of a Christian. An abounding love for God and one another changes us. It leads us to have a different attitude in our hearts to what is excellent. Perhaps we once found God boring or irrelevant, or we thought studying His Word or cha
In Phil 1:3-5 we see Paul thank God for the partnership he experienced with the Philippians in the gospel. The Philippians were dear to Paul, and they prayed for him (1:19) and gave generously to help him in the gospel work (4:10-20). We as a church plant have experienced a sweet partnership in the gospel with other churches and individuals. Just this year, 2019, we have had at least 11 churches financially partner with us, along with various individuals and families! Without this partnership we
Lord, I praise you that you are our Father (1:2) and as our Father you known my deepest and most profound needs. I am thank you that though I was once estranged and alienated from you (Col 1:21), you brought me near through Jesus Christ and made me a child of God(John 1:12-13) . Now I know your Fatherly care and love. I myself am a father to three sweet children. I feel a tenderness and care for them. But your heart toward me is even more affectionate and tender. You love with a perfect love, a
Introduction: Starting on September 22nd at Cross of Christ Fellowship, we will be going through the book of Philippians together as a church. This sermon series will take us through the end of 2019. To prepare for this series, tonight we will spend some time becoming more acquainted with the book. Philippians is a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote the church in Philippi (Phil 1:1). It was sent by the apostle to encourage and instruct the Christians at Philippi as they sought to live out their