About a year ago we did a church-wide study called “Big Church.” How we do church has changed, but in the midst of all that- Jesus remains the same and what we are called to do as the Body of Christ has not changed.
We will be looking at the importance of keeping God as a priority in our lives, when people, places and circumstances are constantly changing.
Author Gerald Hawthorne translates Philippians 4:8, “And last of all, my Christian friends, since there is moral excellence and things worthy of praise, focus your minds on these things – whatever is truthful, whatever is majestic and awe inspiring, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever calls forth love, whatever is winsome.”
Moral excellence and things worthy of praise are real things, they exist! Because of this we can focus our thinking on thoughts that are truthful, majestic, awe inspiring… the whole list and more. The last thing Paul mentions in this is list is “winsome,” not a word we may use often. In this context it means we should be thinking about the ways we can live which “win” people to faith in Jesus and help them grow. Thinking about the kinds of things which when put into practice don’t drive people away from Jesus but toward him and the love he has for them.