Sermon Text: Philippians 2:4-8
Scriptures Referenced: Psalm 29:3-4, Jeremiah 10:12, Deuteronomy 4:37, Luke 1:34-35, Romans 8:11, Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Philippians 2:4-8
New City Catechism: Question #36 | What do we believe about the Holy Spirit? That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.
"Power is simply (and not so simply) the ability to participate in that stuff-making, meaning-making process that is the most distinctive thing that human beings do."
— Andy Crouch, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power
“The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays, not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on his shoes but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”
— Martin Luther
"Most people think of ‘wickedness’ as disobeying the Ten Commandments, as actively breaking the law by lying or committing adultery. And those things are of course wicked! But lying and adultery are best understood as the visible tip of the iceberg of wickedness. Below the surface, less visible but no less wicked, are things like not feeding the poor when we have the power to do so, or taking so much income out of the business we own that our employees are paid poorly, or shoveling snow from our own driveway without even thinking to do the same for our elderly neighbors. In all these ways we disadvantage others by advantaging ourselves."
— Tim Keller, Center Church
“Why do we not observe that it is their [Christians’] benevolence to strangers…and the pretended holiness of their lives that have done the most to increase atheism [Christianity]…For it is disgraceful that, when no Jew ever has to beg, and the impious Galilieans support not only their own poor but ours as well, all men see that our people lack aid from us.”
— Roman Emperor Julian, AD 361-363
Come and Stand Amazed
Oh, For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
Man of Sorrows
How Great Thou Art