UPCOMING MESSAGES



October 5
CONVERGE
Where Do We Go From Here?
The "Converge" series ends today with an exploration of the simple question, "Where do we go from here"? Given our mission and what we're doing to accomplish it together; given the parts we each play as we work together, what needs to happen for us to be as faithful in accomplishing our mission as possible? Today, we converge on a simple adjustment of strategy designed to insure that this church is faithful to the one we belong to!

October 12
THE GOOD STUFF
God Isn't Finished!
As we begin our study of Paul's letter to the Philippians, Paul greets his readers and reminds them that God is working in them–and that he will continue to do that work until he has completed it! We need to be aware of God's work in us as well–and know that, regardless of how we feel, God isn't finished with us yet!

October 19
THE GOOD STUFF
Worthy
Paul didn't seem to react to things the same way we do. When people tried to hurt him, he asked one question: Is this helping or hurting the gospel? Why? Because Paul lived by a simple principle–he wanted to live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

October 26
THE GOOD STUFF
That Humble Thing
One of the most difficult things for people in the world to understand is how "God" could become "flesh". It boggles the mind! And yet he did–and in doing so, he "made himself nothing". What does this say about how we who follow him should live?

November 2
THE GOOD STUFF
For Christ's Sake
That phrase is usually heard as an expletive, but Paul took it seriously. If we belong to Jesus as our King, it changes how we approach life. Now we know it isn't what we are interested in–what our agenda is–but what Jesus' is interested in that is important. When we know that, the phrase changes and we actually live "for Christ's sake", and Paul gives two examples of men who live this way.

November 9
THE GOOD STUFF
Credentials
Our society–and often people in the church itself–values being "good". That usually means thinking "I'm good enough". But the reality is, none of us has anything to brag about–our credentials don't impress God. Our "righteousness" is an illusion. No one is good, much less good enough–except Jesus. The amazing thing is, he "gives", us his righteousness!

November 16
THE GOOD STUFF
Citizenship
Paul was a Jew–and a leading Pharisee at that. He was also a Roman–holding a citizenship that literally saved his life on several occasions. Paul used these credentials when they helped further the gospel, but his real prize was his citizenship in heaven. He understood what that meant, and was willing to rid himself of anything that would keep him from living as a citizen of God's Kingdom.

November 23
THE GOOD STUFF
Joy Together
We know a lot about happiness–at least, about trying to be happy. We think we deserve it. We recognize each other's right to have it. We spend our lives chasing happiness. But happiness doesn't last. Joy does. There is a big difference, and Paul tells us how to have the real thing.

November 30
THE GOOD STUFF
How Do You Say Good-bye?
Paul closes his letter with class and love, thanking the Philippians for their contribution to his life and work, and making sure they know how important they are to him. It is a reminder to us that the people God gives us as friends, co-workers and brothers and sisters in the Lord are important–and so is how we talk to them.
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