The Affection of Jesus Christ

    by Tom Harrison

    We prepare to preach a sermon—those who get the most out of it are those who arrive prepared to hear it. Your daily readings contain some wonderful texts this week, but please look at the context for the Book of Philippians. Paul’s conversion happens in Acts 9. His first missionary journey begins in Acts 13, the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, and his second missionary journey begins in Acts 16:1-5. We pick up the story in Acts 16:6 on Friday. This is the background for Paul’s arrival in Philippi.

    One of my favorite axioms is from J.I. Packer, who wrote in his book, Knowing God, there are (at least) four things about people who know God:

    1) They have great energy for God

    2) They have great thoughts about God

    3) They show great boldness for God

    4) They have great contentment in God

    When asked which of the commandments was the most important, Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31) 

    The four traits Packer describes are evident in the Apostle Paul. I hope we follow this pattern of developing our affection for Jesus and His church, too.

    Here are our daily texts:

    Monday: Philippians 1:1-18a
    Tuesday: Matthew 20:29-34
    Wednesday: Luke 19:41-44
    Thursday: John 11:17-44
    Friday: Acts 16:6-40
    Saturday: 1 John 4:13-21
    Sunday: Philippians 1:1-18a  

    See you Sunday.  Invite a friend. 

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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