“Standing Firm in One Spirit” (Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30)

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 18, 2011

“Standing Firm in One Spirit” (Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30)

Today we are observing what we call “St. Matthew’s Sunday.” Our congregation is named in honor of St. Matthew, the great apostle and evangelist, and his festival comes up on the church year calendar this week. So we’ve taken to using one of the Sundays closest to St. Matthew’s Day, September 21, as a time to call special attention to the life and ministry of our congregation. We thank God for this little church we have here in Bonne Terre. It is an outpost of the gospel where can come and be refreshed and strengthened in our faith, an oasis where we can drink deeply of the waters of life. Thank God for our St. Matthew’s!

The text I have chosen for our sermon this morning is a portion of today’s Epistle. Reading from Philippians 1, where St. Paul writes: “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.”

“Standing Firm in One Spirit”: That was Paul’s desire for the church in Philippi. And it is my desire for this church here in Bonne Terre. The goal is that you, St. Matthew’s, “that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.” “Standing Firm in One Spirit”: This is God’s purpose for you, for us as a congregation, and God will bring it to pass.

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