Today we reflect on and celebrate the events which took place around 2000 years ago. Tony reminds us that the truth of the bodily resurrection of Christ is one of the most important parts of our faith. For, as Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 if these events are not true, then where is our hope and what is the point of our faith at all?
When God is going to do something, He will supply what is needed even if we don’t know where it will come from and might not be what is expected. The Jews of Jesus’ day were expecting a warrior king but got an itinerant preacher. We are challenged to ask ourselves, “If I was there for the events of Matt 21:1-11, who would I be in the crowd and where would I stand?”
New citizenship always requires certain prerequisites for those hoping to acquire it and these should form our actions and mindset. In Philippians (3:15-21), Paul reminds us that how we conduct ourselves matters, ultimately, we need to ask ourselves, is our mind on earthly things or are we focused on the hope of heaven?
Today’s lesson teaches us that we must focus not on a faith that is fast but on a faith that lasts. We must remember that faith is more about keeping our eyes on Jesus than it is about our performance. In the end, we should be amazed (not surprised) by Jesus’ work in our lives.
In Philippians 3, Paul tells us about the importance of knowing Christ. Just as there are different levels of intimacy with those around us, there are also different levels of intimacy with Christ. Paul reminds and encourages us that we should desire such a level of intimacy with Christ that knowing him is worth more than all other things/knowledge in the world.
Philippians 2 teaches how disunity comes from self-interest and how the church requires a deeper connection than just a social club. Paul uses two examples to describe what servants of Christ look like and reminds us of the importance of bringing others’ interests above our own.
In the books of Romans and Philippians, Paul admonishes the disciples to shine like stars in their warped and crooked generation. When it is dark, is when stars are seen the best. Disciples of Christ can shine like stars by holding onto the word of life, and by conducting themselves in a manner worthy of Christ.
Have you ever lost something important to you and spent hours searching for it? In Luke 15, Jesus shares 3 parables that reflect God’s attitude toward the lost and the extent he will go to find them. God was willing to become human and die just for us to have a chance at being found. How far will you go for the lost?
In Philippians, Paul reminds us of the importance of reflecting Jesus’ mindset in how we react to the world around us. The world’s mindset is peace through strength; Jesus’ mindset is peace through humility. Just as Jesus (though fully God) did not elevate himself, we too must humble ourselves so that God may be glorified in us.
Philippians 1 shares how we can be joyful in our partnership with the church and Christ. We see that the mark of the disciple is one who conducts themselves in a way worthy of the Gospel regardless of their situation. Paul’s faith was prison-proof. Is your faith pandemic proof?