august - September 2022

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 1:3-6

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is basically a long thank you note. It’s a letter to a church full of people dear to the apostle’s heart, a church that he had helped to start, and a church which was committed to supporting his ministry, even when such support was difficult and dangerous in a hostile world. Paul wrote the epistle from prison, presumably in Rome and it is often described as being the most personal and upbeat of his letters, painting a picture of a loving and supportive congregation that Paul wanted to encourage in their spiritual growth and to commend in their love for Christ, for one another, and for him. We’ll be looking at Philippians for the next couple months in our Sunday services. Come with your hearts prepared for the Lord to teach us about love, humility, contentment in God’s will, and the way that the Lord helps us to grow in our daily walk with Him. I’m looking forward to seeing what He’s ready to show us—and hope you can join us. Stay cool (as much as is possible in Texas in August and September), and rejoice in the Lord’s blessings. —Jarred Parnell