Recent Message

Pastor Beth Staten

We continue this week with a series on the apostle Paul's letter to the church in the very Roman city of Philippi. We think this church was mostly made of Gentile converts because this letter really doesn't contain any Jewish imagery or Old Testament references. This is a letter of consolation, written to help the church learn how to have joy in all circumstances. Last week we talked about how the healthiest practice of our faith is a practice of interdependence. This week's reading follows along that same theme, encouraging the people of the church church to live in a unity that is based in humility, with Jesus as the perfect demonstration. It contains some really famous verses that have become a significant part of our dogma about the nature of Christ. And while I believe most of the theology that has developed from these verses, I just want to remind you that they weren't originally written as an explanation of dogma.