Sunday February 28, 2021

Sunday – February 28th – Philippians 2:12-13  ---

2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
    NO ONE IS SO OLD AS THE ONE WHO HAS OUTLIVED ENTHUSIASM.*

Sunday is here and another great day to spend worshiping God with SunRise. As our inspirational thought for today suggests, we can never be too old to lose our enthusiasm to worship God. You can join us either in-building at 9am or 11am or online on Sunday at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am. Plus, there are a growing number of folks who choose to watch on their own time schedule through our on-demand options via YouTube or the SunRise App, available on both phones and smart TVs.  The “SunRise Church O’Fallon” app has nearly 450 downloads since it was launched in mid-December. The app is becoming the new standard for worship check-in, announcements, and generosity. If you have not downloaded it yet head over to Apple Store or Google Play Store on your phones.

In our pick verses for today, Paul introduces a new topic in his letter to the Philippians. The Wesley Study Bible entitles these next six verses as “Shine as lights in the world”. Living the Christian life requires our choices and our dedicated work for the Kingdom. Both are energized and made possible by God’s work in each of us.  Paul’s focus on salvation is a reminder that we are not saved by our works, but we are to live out the salvation God has given us by living in a growing relationship with God and in harmony with other people. The “fear and trembling” Paul points to is not the type we should associate with be afraid of something, but instead as a deep reverence that comes from knowing that God is at work in our lives. It is only because of God’s consistent and persistent works in us that we can fulfil God’s purpose for our lives and make an impact in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Monday – March 1st – Philippians 2:14-16

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 11348). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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