Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
This book was written by the Apostle Paul in 60 AD. Paul was in prison in Rome, and was writing to the church of Philippi, thanking them for the gift of money they had sent to him.
This church was one he visited on his second missionary journey. Lydia, the seller of purple cloth, and the Philippian jailer and his whole family came to know Jesus Christ as savior.
Years later, the church was well established and these Christians were very close to the heart of Paul. He writes to the church, “Be filled with the joy of having Christ in your heart, of having meekness and unity, and look for others. Show yourself friendly and in lowliness of mind; esteem others better than self.
When a person comes through our church doors, we want God to show us to be friendly and loving, and for us to welcome him or her. We read in Philippians chapter 2 verse 5: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ.”
PS: Claridon’s later years, from 1831 – 2015, we continue and must reach out to invite to our “established church”, our neighbors right where we live, to come and worship.
“We are the Church”, #550 in our hymnal.
Loving God, help us be released from anything that keeps us from you. Strengthen us in qualities of humility and unity, and to lift up the strengths of others to encourage them. Fill us with the joy of knowing our savior, Jesus Christ, our example and our friend. Amen.