TO LIVE IS CHRIST

Flatwoods family,
 
This past Sunday marked my fifth Sunday with the Flatwoods family. I know I have only scratched the surface at getting to know many of you, but it’s been a fun ride thus far.
 
Last weekend we reflected on the story each of us is writing with our lives. We are all writing a story. Your story is valuable because you are valuable to God. You are valuable to God because you are made in His image.
 
So when you look at the story you are writing, where does Christ fit in the narrative? Is He in the narrative? What role does he play? Sunday we talked about Paul’s incredible statement, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Christ was the center, the main character, He had the starring role in Paul’s life. He even went so far as to say that above all else “…Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” Talk about Christ-centered!
 
I hope you have been able to reflect on your story. I pray you are allowing Christ to move to center stage as you drift to the background. We are so easily driven by the need for significance, and the desire for recognition that giving Christ the lead role seems impossible. Hang in there, learn to play the background, and make sure Christ is shining through in the narrative you are writing.
 
If you missed the sermon from Sunday you can catch it below.  I look forward to gathering with you to celebrate all Christ is doing through Flatwoods.
 
Much love,
 
Jonathan Johnson – Pastor
 
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NEXT STEPS
–  Think through your life story? Where do you see restoration (salvation) through Christ in your story?
–  Who is the hero in your story? You, someone else, or Jesus
–  Share your story with someone this week?
 
AROUND THE TABLE
[create conversation with your family around the breakfast or dinner table]
–  Read Philippians 1:18-26
–  What was your favorite part of what we read?
–  What do you think Paul means by “To live is Christ and to die is gain?
–  How can our family magnify Christ this week?
 
 

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