To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain

    by Tom Harrison

    The intent of these brief notes is to help us prepare for worship. Preachers do their work—I want you to do your preparation, too. Our daily texts relate to the sermon in some fashion (sometimes you may have to connect the dots). Always look for the theme. “Dying to Live” is this week’s theme. It comes from something Paul wrote to the Philippians: “For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” Memorize it. Meditate on it. What did this mean to the original audience? We need to look for application, too—what does this text mean to us (the church) today, and to me?

    The Resurrection is always central to our faith. Everything has changed because Jesus rose again. The Resurrection is the core Christian doctrine, and it is certainly the backdrop of the entire New Testament. Because this life is not all there is, we have a deep purpose both in living and dying. As Stephen Covey wrote in his magnificent book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end in mind.” Our end is not earthbound. Our end is bound up with Christ. That is the ultimate source of our hope and joy.

    Here are our readings for the week:

    Monday: Philippians 1:18b-30
    Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
    Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
    Thursday: 1 Peter 2:13-25
    Friday: 1 John 1:1-4
    Saturday: 3 John 2-4
    Sunday: Philippians 1:18b-30

    See you Sunday (invite a friend), 

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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