Throughout the spiritual journey we have been praying through a partnership in the gospel. Sometimes we might think our partnership in the gospel ends when we meet Jesus for the first time, but really it is just beginning. We are meeting this Sunday to enter into a time of prayer and reflection as we head into our last week.
1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Take a moment to reflect on your salvation and pray through your gratitude of what Jesus accomplished at the cross.
Isaiah 53: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Are We Listening?
God communicated with His people in the Old and New Testaments through dreams, prophets, angels, and an audible voice. But what must He do to make us listen? God offers His Word to communicate His will and allows the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts. God also sends others to bless and direct us. Even in our disappointments, God communicates that our failure today can be made a success tomorrow (Romans 8:28).
On August 9 we are going to start a 35 day spiritual journey as a church.
Often times our spiritual journey seems to take place in isolation with flashes or moments of community, however, on August 9th we are going to enter into a spiritual journey together to connect closer to Jesus and one another. Each of us will identify an area to fast from (television, radio, phone, web, food, hobby, etc.) and devote that time to prayer for our community and our relationship with Jesus.
The theme for our 35 day journey is “Partnership”. Our guiding passage for the next 35 days is found in Philippians 1:4-6:
4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
My greatest desire is to see each of us see how we can tangibly partner with Jesus Christ in the gospel over the next 35 days and that this spiritual journey would begin to create a lifestyle that continually experiences the fulfillment of walking in Christ and with Christ.