Three Hinges

Jose Marco, the pastor of the Hispanic church plant, Emmanuel Church, shared God’s Word with us this morning. Emmanuel Church is meeting in the EMBC building at 9:30 every Sunday.

Philippians 2:12-18


Learning Contentment

Philippians 4:10-13

The Bible teaches us, as followers of Christ, to be joyful and content. The question that arises from that teaching is how? How do I become content in a world of discontent? I believe the answer is found in Paul’s writings to the church. He first says that he “Learned” to be content. So, it is a process that takes place over time. Three things I believe need to happen for you and I to learn to be content.
1. We must love and value our relationship with God above all else in our lives. We best understand the value of our relationship with God when we fully comprehend the broken relationship that was mended through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Placing our faith in Christ restored our relationship with God and it comes with a promise of Christ never leaving nor forsaking us.
2. We must come to a place of understanding that we have been called to be servants, some translations even say slaves. Paul and the other early followers of Christ gave up everything personal desire they had for the privilege of following Jesus Christ! That is amazing since we all have desires and wants in our lives. Paul teaches us that nothing has the value of knowing Christ and just as Christ came “not to be served but to be a servant to all,” we too must have that same attitude.
3. We must live in the present. All too often people attempt to live in the past, desiring to go back to “the way it used to be.” Truth be told nothing is ever the way it used to be. Others are never content in the present because they are always looking at the great things that will happen tomorrow. Paul said not to worry about tomorrow. Peter said the same in his writings, simply because we do not know if there will be a tomorrow. So, we live in the present with one important caveat, our future is secure in Christ! Live in the present no matter the struggle because we know it is temporary and our hope is in the resurrection when we will be joined with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a new eternal life!


A Gospel Farewell

Philippians 1:3-12
There was a strong relationship between the Philippian church and the apostle Paul. In this passage, he speaks from his heart to them and reveals that the bond between them is rooted in the gospel of Jesus. In his final sermon at EMBC, Pastor Mitch draws upon Paul’s words to address the church. Likewise, their relationship has been rooted in the soil of the gospel. Using Paul’s five statements in this passage, he reminds the church at East Madison that God will be faithful to finish the work he has begun.

Christ is Proclaimed, and in That I Rejoice

Philippians 1:12-18

In the face of difficult circumstances, Paul exhorts us to rejoice that the gospel is being proclaimed. As we send a dear family out from us, we are reminded by this text that the gospel is most important because Christ is most valuable. Even though we’ll miss these relationships, we too can rejoice that the gospel is being proclaimed. And in this, we’ll rejoice!