This week, we come to a well-known and beloved passage in the letter to the Philippians. Philippians 3:1-11 focuses on a key theological issue for the early church - the sufficiency and supremacy of Christ. We take it for granted after 2000 years of Christian teaching, but the first believers must have struggled mightily with the concept of taking everything they used to say about the one true God, and transferring it to this man they met and walked around with. They must have wrestled long and hard with what to do about their cherished, ancient rituals and practices, in the light of a new, earth-shattering revelation of God incarnate.
Yet who Jesus is and what he did was clear and decisive. All that came before him and all that comes after him is relative to Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. He is the new lens through which to view everything: our religion, our habits, our worldviews, to name a few. So Paul confidently states: "I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." This Sunday, we meditate on that "surpassing worth" of Christ alone.
We'll sing a few newer songs this week, one of which is "Christ is Enough":
We will also be singing "Prayer to the Trinity," a beautiful, simple song, with text from the 9th century:
I look forward to joining you in worship this Sunday!