From Pastor Gary. . .
It is such a joy to begin ministry here at Community Church. You have all been so gracious to Diane and me. We believe this is the beginning of a long and fruitful ministry as we work together to grow in Christ and further the work of His kingdom.
Think about what will happen when we are all understanding fully the mind of Christ. I can’t imagine what this will look like with the great diversity God has built into us. But I am confident that this community in which we live has not fully experienced the impact, just as the guards chained to the Apostle in that Roman prison could not fully understand the joy that Paul displayed.
The challenge for us is to first read the letter to the Philippians over and over until we can see the encouragement and blessings that are intended for us in it. But then seek to live with the mind of Christ every minute of every day. This is a great and high calling that will require more than we have to offer. But with the power and encouragement of the Holy Spirit we will make great strides in becoming more like Him. Pray for God’s leading. Listen to Him. Be encouraged as you grow and impact others with the Gospel.