2 February 2018

REFLECTION

Welcome to Friday’s podcast. My name is Andy Rushworth

Our reading today is Philippians 1: 27-30

A hero and a coward feel exactly the same when faced with a fight… nervous, intimidated and uneasy… how they respond will determine if they are a hero or coward.

Paul instructs us here, that we as the Church of Christ must stand together and not be frightened in any way by those that oppose us.

If the church does not fall out among itself and conducts itself in a manner worthy of the gospel… then we will at some point get persecuted for what we believe and who we believe in.

Try telling people with heavy investments in the Third World that one of the major gospel issues today is global debt.

Try telling people who believe they have the right to inflict their military solutions on the rest of the world – or who make a lot of money from making and selling weapons – that the lordship of Jesus stands for a radically different way of resolving conflict.

Try telling people who make a living out of sexual immorality that they were created to honour God with their bodies or, in Paul’s case, try saying ‘Jesus is Lord’ under the very noses of people who are living by the gospel that ‘Caesar is Lord”.

Which gospel issues are you and your church facing right now?

We must hold our nerve and remain unafraid in the face of opposition!

God is looking for heroes not cowards… If we are to make Him famous in our generation then we must stand our ground and declare the true and living gospel… the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

Father God, Help us be strong this day as we speak out about the injustices on this planet and seek your Kingdom… Your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

In Jesus name, Amen

READING: PHILIPPIANS 1:27-30

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved – and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.