Philippians 1:27 (ESV)
27 Only let your manner of life be worthy 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,
- a person who shares or is associated with another in some action, endeavor, and/or commitment.
Partnerships are a part of life. In a sense, you could say they are unavoidable. We’ve experienced them from childhood. I’m sure we can all speak of poor and positive experiences in this realm. In school we loved being partnered with the smart kids and hoped to avoid the slackers. Yet somehow it seemed the smart kids often got paired with the slackers while all of us in the middle grappled together to figure out the assignment. In the end, you just hoped to have a partner who strived with you side by side to complete the work.
When you look at Philippians 1:27, you realize that what we long for in a partner is what the scriptures call us to for the sake of the gospel. You see, gospel partnership is a real thing. The Apostle Paul prays for those who are working with him near and far. He prays that they would stand strong and firm, that they would strive WITH him side by side, and that they would “share and be associated” for the faith of the gospel.
This Sunday is Mission Partner Sunday. Having just examined our Six Pursuits, this week we will be inspired by Pastor Dan Hammer, one of our key gospel partners in our region. Dan was commissioned and launched from our church five years ago to plant Harvest Annapolis, which has grown into a strong gospel-centered church with whom we are great partners. This week Dan will be preaching through Philippians 1 to inspire each of us in the work of gospel partnership as individuals, families and churches.
Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship this Sunday.
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SUNDAY AM PLAN
9:00 AM – Worship Service Online & On Campus (Lancaster Campus)
9:15 AM – Worship Service On Campus (Myerstown Campus)
11:00 AM – Worship Service Online & On Campus (Lancaster Campus)
Everything you need for Sunday is available on the Mission Church App under Sunday Resources or on our website.