Sunday in Review // Community

The book of Philippians has been an absolute joy to walk through.  From the gospel to community, we have been reminded that ultimately Jesus’ story reshapes our story.  We took this statement a step further as we looked at Philippians 2 by saying: Jesus’ story reshapes community.

If this is true, which I believe it is, it can help us begin to rethink what is experienced at the ground level of the church and what is lived out in the everyday.

What would a working definition of the church look like?  I say “working” definition because many of the pragmatic definitions, which are very valuable, seem to leave out the key element of the everyday.  So here you go: The church is a community of professed believers living as family centered on the gospel in everyday life.

This is not exhaustive, nor is it meant to be.  However, for some time I have wanted to have a definition of the church which helps us understand who we are, what we experience, and how we live.  We are the church; we experience community and live as family.

Last Sunday we spent time digging into Philippians 2:1-15.  In this section, Paul’s desire is for the church at Philippi to be a truly gospel-humble church.  He centers on the act of humility and points to Jesus as the ultimate example of humility, asking them to have the same mind as Jesus.

This is a tall task, but one that I pray will run through the fiber of our church.

I pray that we will be humble as Jesus was humble.  I pray that we will not seek a position of status, but rather become servants as Jesus was a servant.  I pray that we will count others more significant than ourselves.  I pray we will remember to be driven not by rivalry or vainglory but by humility.  I pray that Christ-centered authentic community lived out as family will be a reality within Olympia City Church.

I encourage you all to spend time reading Philippians 2:1-15 this week.  Use a journal to write down some thoughts, goals for your family or prayers for your CITYgroup.  I encourage you to take Philippians 2:4-11 and make it your prayer.  Use your own words at times, but allow yourself to be consumed with the mind of Christ.

We finished our time together last Sunday with this benediction…

Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

Make us one as our Father, Son and Spirit are one.

Give us the mind of Christ, the one who humbled himself and took the form of a servant.

We are your church, your community, so cause us to live as family, brothers and sister in Christ,

Working in us that which is well pleasing in your sight.

This is my prayer for Olympia City Church and I hope you will pray with me.  Have a great week enjoying community with your CITYgroup family.

– Jonathan