Do you have a role model? Perhaps a teacher, a coach, a parent, or a dear friend? The Apostle Peter gives us the ultimate role model for enduring mistreatment – Jesus Christ. We read in 1 Peter 2:21, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” Jesus is our ultimate example! When the text says that Christ gave us an example that we should follow in his steps, he is suggesting that we are literally to go along in His footsteps. The figurative meaning of “in his steps” is to follow or imitate someone’s life, living in the same way – following with devotion, dedication, or attention.
According to the United Bible Societies’ New Testament Handbook, “The word for ‘example’ is used only here in the entire New Testament; in classical Greek literature, it has two meanings: (1) a piece of writing from a teacher which a child is expected to trace or imitate, and (2) an artist’s sketch which is prepared for others to color and complete. Christ therefore left a perfect model, upon which the Christian is expected to pattern his/her life.”
Therefore, even when we endure unfair treatment, we are to do it in the pattern of Jesus’ life. In this way, we are bearing a powerful testimony to Jesus’ transforming grace – grace that enables us to do something quite unnatural, even supernatural. If we understand this truth and genuinely believe this truth suffering can take on a whole new significance.
Friends, in all that we encounter in life, including trials and challenges, may Jesus be our role model as we follow in His steps. And, when others observe us, may they be attracted to Jesus living in us!
Pastor Glen will continue his series in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The sermon this week is “Developing Positive Relationships,” based on Philippians 2:1-4. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
We are encouraging our members and friends to wear name tags on the first Sunday of the month, in order to get better acquainted with our guests. May we offer hospitality to one another and especially to our guests!! (Romans 12:13)
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday school room. Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will begin a study of the Acts of the Apostles. This Sunday we will focus on Acts 1: Preparation for the Holy Spirit. Please bring your Bible.
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
September Financial Report
Tithes/Offerings: Monthly: $15,302.00 YTD: $160,068.29
Expenses: Monthly: $22,802.51 YTD: $156,356.87
Capital Campaign: $1,350.00 YTD: $41,462.12
Church Sign Donations: Monthly: $0 YTD: $2,800.00
Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports
If you have any concerns you would like to add to the Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports list or give an update, PLEASE contact our prayer coordinator, Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at 10:00 a.m.!! Thanks so much!!
If you or someone in our congregation needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointments, please call Tom Reider (540.649.5162). He has agreed to coordinate rides. He has a list of those who have volunteered to give those rides. We are grateful for this important ministry!!
Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries. Please keep updated! You can visit our website and go to the Outreach page
Tyler Bouthillier (10/29)