What a letter – Paul’s letter to the Philippians! So encouraging and so challenging. Here we see a warm, loving relationship and partnership between the Apostle and a church that he himself had founded.
He wants them to advance the Gospel with him. To do that they need to be united, serving one another as Christ served them, i.e., looking to put others first. The only way this can happen is by making Jesus ‘mega’!
This comes from Paul’s desire to see Jesus exalted in his own life (v.20). The word literally means to make mega or we might say ‘super-size’. Paul wants them to glorify Jesus in three areas.
He wants them and every Christian to magnify Jesus in the world by speaking his word to the world (v.14). He wants them to make Jesus mega in the church (vv.15-17). He rebukes genuine Christians for their rivalries, envy and selfish ambition in the church. The priorities of Jesus come before anything else. He is to be central. And thirdly, he wants them to magnify Jesus in their own lives by making progress in the Gospel (v.25). As they grow in their understanding and living out of the Gospel in their own lives, Christ is magnified, super-sized, glorified!
It’s all about glorifying Jesus whether it’s our evangelism, the internal life of our churches, or our individual lives. Let’s super-size Jesus, make him mega, glorify him in the world, the church, and our lives.
In my letter dated 19th March I mentioned that in order to enable the work of the church to continue, anyone who gives by FWO envelope can either consider temporarily switching to a Standing Order or deliver their envelope to the Rectory. Given the current Government restrictions you can also post a cheque directly to the Treasurer with details of your FWO envelope number on the reverse of the cheque. Please contact Angela Sloan if you require any further details on the above.
Do please keep safe and well.
We have a number of things to keep the Lambeg and Hilden parish family in touch with each other on a regular basis.
We have a Lambeg Parish WhatsApp group set up. To join, use your mobile to join What’sApp and once you’ve done that, contact me by text to add you to the group. My mobile is 07484161345
We also have a Lambeg Parish Facebook page, which I’m using on Sundays (beginning this Sunday) at 11am to do a live, short broadcast and talk with the parish.
Lambeg Parish Church has been witnessing to the Gospel of Christ from the beginning of the l4th century and possibly even earlier. Generations of men,women and children have had their spiritual needs met by a church that has accommodated itself to the changing conditions of the area.
Beginning as a rural parish for centuries, it became an industrial region with the setting up of paper, linen, and thread industries. Thousands were employed in these industries,which achieved world-wide renown. The influx of workers led to rebuilding schemes in the church to accommodate the growing number of people living within the parish boundaries. Today, the parish of Lambeg has become a suburban parish, with new housing, even within old estates such as Clonmore and Hilden. Whilst times have changed, people and their spiritual needs remain the same, sinners in need of God’s grace. As Jesus Christ, the Lord, remains the same, ‘yesterday, today and forever’, the Gospel proclaimed to generations in the past needs to be proclaimed to the present generation of people within our parish. God’s church is always on mission until Christ returns. To that end, we need to explore together as a parish how we move forward with the Gospel in this era of Lambeg’s history.How do we reach a new generation? How can we develop our witness today?
Hopefully, later this year, we can explore this together in a ‘Parish Consultation’ as we consider our responsibility of witnessing to our generation about the wonderful Good News of Jesus Christ.
So, watch this space