Paul implores those who read this letter to “live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ…” (v27a) Why does Paul ask who ever reads this letter to live a life such as that? Simply put, so that he will know that you are “standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.” (v27b) One spirit, side by side with one mind is the sign of a strong church.
One of the things I love the most about this congregation is that spirit of one-ness. We do work together side-by-side in many areas. Could we do better? Yes, because there is always room from improvement. We are always looking for new ways to serve this community, the region, the greater church and to the ends of the earth. If you have something in mind that you would like to see this congregation become involved with, please speak up! Paul reminds his readers that there will always be opposition, so expect that. But as a congregation we are called to stand together, work together all the while keeping our eyes firmly fixed on Christ as our example and guide. Amen.