Happy Monday, y’all! Yesterday was wonderful- church in the morning, babyshower in the afternoon! I wore this until almost 6 o’clock- it’s so comfortable!
Even the shoes, which I wore up into the woods for a bit. 😛 The sermon was on Philippians 1:27,28 (emphasis mine):
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy
of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear
about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”
The three points were humble unity, cooperative toil, and steadfast courage. Sound doctrine should unite our minds, and humility connects our spirits to each other in the body of Christ. We are to strive together, for one purpose, in a manner worthy of the gospel. For the faith and all that faith includes~ believing, worshiping, living rightly. So that by our manner we may show the gospel.
This community focused living and interacting is so important. Correct me if I’m wrong, but no where in the Bible does it talk about our individuality specifically. Instructions to Christians are always in the context of other believers, of family, church, tribe, nation. None of this “It’s just me and God” stuff.
However, we can’t really minister effectively or expect others to mature in their understanding of Christ if we ourselves are not personally doing so. Joy cannot spill over the top of my cup onto others if my Source is not flowing into me.
I needed to hear that. I love the term “cooperative toil”. It gives such an aura of the Body of Christ working together. Striving with one another, for one another, for others, for a purpose. Toil isn’t called toil for nothing. It’s hard, it’s work, it’s hot and sticky and bug bite-y and not always jolly. But we do it, and we do it together. For the sake of the furtherance of the faith. In a manner worthy of the gospel. I’m preaching to myself here, because I always seem to think that if something’s the right thing to do, God will make it easy. Unfortunately, usually it’s the opposite. God is good and His mercy endures forever. 🙂
I wore a sundress yesterday. My grandparents bought me this dress at JCPenny’s several years ago and it’s been great. I put my Halftee and this brown skirt underneath to make it modest. 🙂 Hat from Macy’s, shoes from Payless. Pretty easy! I think it works well because the two layering pieces are the same color. Hope y’all have a wonderful day!
What was your sermon about?