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Weekly Update for September 15, 2021


When I moved to Texas I learned about the “big three” schools. Places such as “Lubbock” and “College Station” and “Austin” were legendary cities because of the large schools located there. These were the cities of the “big three” colleges in Texas: Texas A&M (College Station), University of Texas (Austin), and Texas Tech (Lubbock). While Texas might have its “big three,” Paul writes about the “big three” in the lives of believers in Philippians 3:9-11.

First is justification. This is the teaching that we have righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ. He writes, “and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith” (Phil 3:9). The basis and grounds for Christians being counted as righteousness depends on faith. And through faith we are declared righteous by God.

Second is sanctification. Once a person has placed his faith in Jesus Christ and committed to follow Him, the next step is sanctification. Sanctification is the daily act of becoming more like Jesus. “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,” (Phil 3:10). The Christian life is not always warm and happy. Here Paul reminds his readers that if they are to become more like Jesus, then they are going to suffer along the way. This suffering was predicted in the book of Acts, “And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:16). That suffering was lived out as Paul has shared, “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him” (Phil 1:29) and “through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” (2 Cor 4:10).

Third is glorification. After a person has experienced justification and participated in sanctification, there will be a glorification for all believers in heaven. “So that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” (Phil 3:11). At the resurrection we will be complete, whole, and perfect just as Christ was perfect. “we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2).

While it is easy to get caught up into the worldly view of things (as I learned about the big three in Texas), we should be reminded of the “big three” that Paul describes for believers: justification, sanctification, and glorification.
Pastor Christopher

-Georgine's granddaughter in Wyoming
-Marci's recovery from surgery
-Megan's pancreatic cancer treatment and pain management
-Gib's work with COVID issues
-Judy's sister, Orma
-Joe, Jenna, and Katie Swanson.
-Denny's health and treatment options
-Shirley's grandmother, Geneva
-For treatment options for COVID
-Hazel's health and recovery
-Georgine's friend Judy
-Nancy's parents, Harold and Paula
-For Allender family as they mourn the sudden loss of Scott Allender
-For health and safety of first responders
-Upcoming mandates and solutions for organizations dealing with them
-Wednesday Discipleship Group, 6:45pm-8pm in Fellowship Hall. You’ll need to purchase the Navigators’ “Your Life in Christ” (Design for Discipleship #1) booklet, ISBN 978-1-60006-004-5. Group starts September 15.
-Tuesday Women's Bible Study, 4:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Please tell Shirley if you are interested. Group starts October 5th.
-Kids Ministry Helpers for October. Please contact Kendra if you can help in our ministry for kids on Sundays.
-Church Potluck, October 10. After service we will share a meal together. Please bring a dish to share with others. 
-Trunk-or-Treat, October 31, 3pm-4:30pm. Details coming soon.
810 S. Evergreen Dr.
Moses Lake, WA 98837

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