Daryl Largis, Co-Pastor for Mission Advancement
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
~Philippians 2:1-4 NIV
These are the words written by the Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi. I wonder if Paul were alive today and if he was to write a letter to the church at Buffalo, would he write the same letter. I think it is a fair assumption to say yes. Even though Paul’s instruction was directed to the church at Philippi at that time, it also applies to us today as part of the church at Buffalo. This particular passage exhorts the Church to act a certain way based upon being united with Christ and indwelled with the Holy Spirit. We, as the Church, should be like-minded, demonstrating the same love since we have one spirit and one mind. Kingdom Come Weekend is a declaration and a demonstration in part of the Church declaring that we are like-minded, have the same love, the same spirit, and the same mind, as we rally together around and for the redemptive mission of God.
Each and every year I am awestruck by the fact that we get the privilege and opportunity to be what Paul was talking about in this particular passage. When we partner with others sacrificially, we demonstrate that we are not only looking to our interests but also are placing a priority on theirs. Kingdom Come is a corporate declaration of The Chapel looking to the interests of others by placing a priority on what God has called others to do within His mission that we, in humility, can help by serving them.
I am very thankful to the people of The Chapel who sacrificially give to Kingdom Come and enable us to demonstrate what the Apostle Paul was calling the Church of Philippi to be and do. Also, I am proud of The Chapel in the way in which everyone embraced our guests over the weekend. All of our partners were thrilled and blessed at the reception they received; thank you!
If you missed this past Sunday or wish to learn more about our partners, please click on the Resource tab on this homepage for Kingdom Come. There you will find an electronic version of the On Mission magazine and a video clip that was shown during the service. A Tactical Prayer Map is located on the Prayer Wall as well. (Hard copies of On Mission are available in the atrium at the CrossPoint Campus and at the Info Center at the Lockport Campus.)
May we continue to work faithfully both here and where God has given us influence, to complete the task that is the fulfillment of His Mission.