Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.
What is happening in this passage?
Philippians is a letter written by Paul to the Church in Philippi. Like his other letters, Paul is writing to a specific group of individuals with teachings, prayers, and other thoughts specifically tailored for the group. However, like his other letters, Paul’s teachings reflect the foundation of our faith – a foundation which can be understood as relevant today as well as throughout history. In this passage, Paul is expressing his desire to become more Christlike. In all that he did, Paul sought to be more like Christ and to usher in the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ for all to experience. This desire for a Christlike life is something we as a church continue to strive for and continue to work toward through God’s grace.
A check in on the Complaint Free challenge.
At University, we are considering the habit of complaint. As we reflect on our own practices, the first step is to become aware of something that we’re doing unconsciously. For many of us, we have no idea how often we are complaining. As Beth shared in her sermon last week, we are starting this challenge by simply paying attention to when we complain. We use the bracelets we received in worship as a tangible reminder that we don’t want to get caught up in needless, unhelpful negativity. When we catch ourselves complaining, we move the bracelet from one wrist to the other. The goal is to make it 21 consecutive days without complaining. I made it to day 3 this week, but then caught myself complaining – unfortunately, it’s back to day 1 for me. How is your complaint free challenge going?
This Sunday, University will have our all-church retreat. We will use this time to come together as a church, connect with each other in new and exciting ways, and to consider what it means to share the love of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Because the goal of this time is not to go backward but instead to look forward to the hope we find in Christ, we’ve renamed this retreat and instead call it “Advance.” We hope that you will join us as we consider the blessings we have received and consider with hope and anticipation what lies ahead!
In search of fried chicken!
A few months ago, we embarked on the search for the best fried chicken. While the church staff was on our planning retreat, we ate lunch at Babe’s in Granbury. By far, Babe’s is the best fried chicken we’ve tried. The crunch was nice but not overwhelming, the flavor was on point, it was perfectly juicy, and the service was spectacular. We’ll keep searching, but Babe’s is at the top of the list! Have a favorite place for fried chicken that you think can beat Babe’s? Let us know and we’ll give it a try!
Quote worth considering:
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” Charles Swindoll
Director of Missions & Outreach