We like the image of the self-made man. We like the idea of getting ahead in life by our own bootstraps and ingenuity, without any help from anyone. But as they say, it’s lonely at the top. No matter how much we achieve, we still need the companionship and help of others. As much as we hate it, we are needy. But in the upside down kingdom of Jesus, being needy is a wonderful thing. Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on the Unity of the Church. Click HERE to RSVP to service.
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
CONFESSION OF SIN
Lord you have told us to love you and our neighbor.
Yet we have spurned your words, your will, and your ways.
We have envied and lusted after our neighbors–even fellow Christians.
We view them as enemies and treat them with contempt.
We quarrel and fight,
We gossip and slander,
We neglect and turn away when they are in need.
Hear us now as we silently confess the ways we have neglected to pursue unity and act in love.
Forgive our sins and cultivate love and unity in your Church,
For the glory of Christ who prayed that we might be one in him.
SONG TO CONSIDER