Theme = ‘unity’
While we wait, what we do matters – but who we are in Jesus comes first.
God has given this church family every gift we need to be faithful to what he is calling us to be and to do, together.
Paul, Timothy and Epaphroditus showed in their own lives that it is possible to follow Jesus’ example - however imperfectly, we still need to try.
We aren’t perfect, so our deep unity in Christ doesn’t always make it to the surface. So Paul teaches: be what you are, let the truth of who you are in Christ be visible in your behaviour: that is what it means to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
I promise you, I’m not going to go charging off on my own. My number one priority is to pray - on my own, and with you. Instead of hitting the ground running - taking over all the various different things that could be done - I’m going to hit the ground kneeling.