Greetings Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! My hope this week is that we can pause to enjoy our time gathered around a table with family and friends. In this season, we can easily find ourselves rushing around to the next event, getting gifts, or planning for the next holiday. As we gather with friends and family this week let us remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, big or small. We are reminded in the book of Colossians that when we live into this new life with Christ and when our lives are built on Him, then our faith will grow strong and we will overflow with thankfulness. This coming Sunday we will be looking at a passage from Philippians in which Paul is encouraging the people of Philippi to press on in the race and remember our lives are centered on Christ, He is our goal. Our thankfulness overflows from a life with Him.

After the 10:00am service we hope you will join us as we join together for the greening of the church. There will be several groups around campus decorating for the Advent season. We would love for you to take part in this wonderful church tradition.

Many Blessings,
Brie Johnson

This week's worship information:

Sunday's Message: The Grace Filled Race

Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon.]:

Philippians 3:12-4:1 (New Living Translation)
Psalm 100 (New Living Translation)

Questions for Reflection:

  • If you had to compare your life in Christ right now to a track race, where would you be: Sitting on the sidelines? Warming up? At the starting blocks? Giving it your all?

  • Who/what would you say are the “enemies of the cross” (v. 18)?

  • What are the ways in which you are reminded of God’s grace? How can you remind others of God’s grace?

Philippians 3:12-4:1 (New Living Translation)

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
17 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
4 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.

Psalm 100 (New Living Translation)

1 Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth!
2 Worship the LORD with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the LORD is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.