PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
March 20, 2019
As we continue in this season of Lent; as we approach Jesus’s passion and ultimately His resurrection, it is so important to remember that as Jesus was a servant, we too are to be servants!!
Two attitudes mark servants who are focused on the Lord Jesus Christ: FIRST, they are willing to be sent anywhere. As we reflect on Philippians 2:19-30, the Apostle Paul is hoping to send Timothy to the Christians in Philippi, so that he could be encouraged by news of the them. It wouldn’t have been easy for Timothy to leave the side of his father in the faith in order to go to Philippi, but he was willing to go if that was God’s will. It had not been easy for Epaphroditus to leave the comforts of home and journey to Rome, but he had done it. Now, it also would be difficult for him to leave Paul and return home, but he was willing to go where the Lord wanted him. Have you told the Lord, “I’m willing to go anywhere You want me to go?”
SECOND, they are willing to sacrifice anything. Timothy had given up his own interests to become a servant of Christ. Epaphroditus almost lost his life in his service for the Lord. Have you told the Lord, “I’ll give up everything – my desires, my ambitions, my comforts, my time, and my money – to serve You?” If you have any other motive or reason for Christian service, you will eventually burn out. You will get hurt because of the way people treat you; you will be frustrated and grow weary of the hardships you have to endure; you will quit in disappointment.
BUT, a servant puts others ahead of him/herself for the sake of Christ. The Apostle Paul was in prison facing possible execution. Timothy was his right-hand man, who had served with Paul as a son serving his father, as we see in Philippians 2:22. It would have been understandable if Paul, thinking of his circumstances, had said, “I can’t spare Timothy at this time. He must stay here with me.” But, instead, he was willing to send Timothy for the sake of the Philippian church. The Philippians had been willing to serve Paul by giving monetarily and by sending Epaphroditus, who himself had been willing to serve to the brink of death on Paul’s behalf. The one thing that stands out for me in this text is how important it is to have a relationship like Timothy had with Paul – a son with a father.
There are at least two ways you can tell if you are putting others ahead of yourself: First, you will have heartfelt love – These verses are oozing with Paul’s heartfelt love for Timothy, Epaphroditus, and for the Philippians. Secondly, you will work cooperatively with others – As we discover in verse 22, Timothy served with Paul like a son with his father. Paul and Epaphroditus worked together harmoniously in the gospel cause. To do that, you have got to die to self and put others ahead of yourself for the sake of the work.
May we always be willing to put others ahead of ourselves for the sake of God’s Kingdom! May we always be looking for ways to serve!!
ComfortCare Women’s Health
Would you like an opportunity to see a movie that speaks into the truth about the abortion industry, uplifts the pro-life movement, and powerfully demonstrates the compassion that Christ offers all of us? Unplanned is that opportunity. This movie tells the story of the life-changing transformation of Abby Johnson – at one time, one of the youngest clinic directors for Planned Parenthood that became a passionate pro-life speaker after witnessing the realities of abortion in her clinic.
At ComfortCare, we believe this screening opportunity is a gift. It presents us with a chance to educate ourselves to become better informed advocates, to unite as a community, and to walk away encouraged by the powerful testimony of one woman that heeded God’s call on her life. ComfortCare Women’s Health is blessed by the generosity of the supporter that is making this night possible and we hope that you can join us!
The Unplanned movie opens to the public on Friday, March 29. However, Zeus Theater has agreed to do an exclusive showing for ComfortCare the night before on March 28th! Tickets for this exclusive showing are just $3 and there are only 122 seats available. Go to our website to reserve your seats.
The Gathering (@PrayerAtTheMall)
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen returns, with his sermon, “Judge Not,” based upon Matthew 7:1-2. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor during the worship service this Sunday.
Called Congregational Meeting - Please plan to attend the meeting THIS SUNDAY, March 24th, immediately after worship, for the purpose of approving the concept of moving our worship venue to Kate Collins Middle School and moving forward with a growth strategy.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, immediately following the called congregational meeting. We are now studying I Corinthians 12-14 for an in depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
Women’s Conference - The Women’s Ministry is planning a group trip to the EWomen Conference this Fall, in Lynchburg at Thomas Road Baptist Church on October 4-5. If we have 10 people going, tickets will be $59.00. The cost does not include meals or hotel expenses as some ladies may go down Friday evening and spend the night while others may plan to just go down early on Saturday. Please RSVP by March 24th (date changed) or send questions about the trip coordination to Marty Porter (540-471-2619 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nursery Help - We need volunteers to help in the nursery on Easter Sunday, April 21. Members are encouraged to contact Kelly King if you are available!
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill 2 part-time, paid positions:Youth Ministries Intern and Church Administrator/Associate Pastor. Those interested should contact the church at email@example.com for more information or to submit a resume.
Easter Party & Egg Hunt - Cindy & Larry Roberts will host an Easter Party & Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th at 10am. Invite friends and family and come out for a pizza lunch with games, music, treats and hundreds of eggs to find! Please let Cindy know if you are planning to come or willing to help: (540) 649-4448.
Lost Jacket - A black NorthFace hooded winter coat was picked up after church last Sunday. It belongs to Sue Woodworth. Please call Sue at 649-4035, to report it's location.
Seeking Caregiver Position - Carolyn Taylor would like to work part-time for disabled adult(s) in the Waynesboro area. Her phone number is: (540) 943-0971.