Tracy Tuffey talks about Concordia University Wisconsin’s Study Abroad & Global Scholars program.
Tuesday’s Ministry Highlight
Rev. Steve Schave talks about Urban and Inner City Mission.
LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission (UICM) is working to boost revitalization efforts in city ministries that involve reaching out across cultures with the Gospel. UICM provides resources for churches that wish to provide a spiritual home for people who are searching for hope and healing. UICM offers training to equip leaders in witness, mercy and life together for community engagement that leads to Christ becoming known in neighborhoods. The ultimate goal of UICM is to assist congregations with their efforts to transform the chaos, death and decay that often plagues the cities in which they are located into communities characterized instead by peace, life and renewal.
Rev. Brian Westgate of Faith Lutheran Church in Butler, PA looks at Philippians 1:21-2:11 “Christ’s Example of Humility“. (Scroll down to read today’s text.)
Today’s sermonette is given by Rev. Brian Westgate of Faith Lutheran Church in Butler, PA.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27 Only let your manner of life be worthy[a] of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Christ’s Example of Humility
2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[b] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Philippians 1:27 Greek Only behave as citizens worthy
- Philippians 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
- Philippians 2:7 Greek bondservant