"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

February 17, 2019

This past Sunday, Randy posed the question, “Is your approach to church me-centered or we-centered?” As we begin Philippians 2 this Sunday, we could ask a similar question, “Is your approach to church me-centered or you-centered?” Or as I sometimes ask my kids (and frequently need to ask myself), “Are you operating from a me first or after you mindset?

Our only hope of salvation is that God the Son was not thinking me first, but humbled himself. He put our greatest need before his own privilege.

“Though He was in the form of God, [He] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:6-7).”

And though now on this side of the cross and empty tomb God has “highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,” He has not ceased to serve as our sympathetic high priest. This Sunday as we gather as His people filled with His Spirit, He intends to guide us into truth, fortify our faith, conform us to His image, and call us to follow Him in His after you mindset.

Rob Price will be preaching from Philippians 2:1-11 this Sunday and Walt Harrah will be leading us in sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And would you read the passage for Sunday ahead of time and pray for our church?

Pray that we would Christ would be exalted in our hearts and minds as the God who has condescended to save us. Pray that any who will be among us who do not have faith would find the grace of Christ irresistible and trust Him this Sunday. Ask the Spirit to lead us gladly in the after you path and to even make this sort of humility and servant’s heart a mark of our church body.

Thank you, Grace. See you Sunday. Come hungry!


What Love, My God (CityAlight)

This hymn beautifully reflects on the wonder of Christ’s condescension and helps us adore and give thanks that we are the recipients of such humble love.

1. What love my God would bring you down to earth
What king would take a low and lonely birth
Yet to this dark and broken place you came
To sleep beneath the stars that you had made

2. What love my God would send the Way of Life
To walk the road, rejected and despised
That you might know the weakness I possess
And be my rock of strength and righteousness

O Your love, my God like a flood
As heaven opened up pouring out on us
O praise the King who came to the world
In his love like a mighty flood

3. What love my God could hold you to the tree
To bear that overwhelming debt for me
The Son of heaven leaves the Father’s side
The Healer bleeds, the Life was made to die

O Your love, my God like a flood
As heaven opened up pouring out on us
O praise the King who came to the world
In his love like a mighty flood

4. What love my God, so gracious and extreme
Was strong enough to come and fight for me
To go through hell and down into the grave
And raise me up to see you face to face
You raise me up to see you face to face

O Your love, my God like a flood
As heaven opened up pouring out on us
O praise the King who came to the world
In his love like a mighty flood

 

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