When Paul encountered the risen Christ on the road to Damascus something happened. He died. He still looked the same and spoke the same, but there was something completely new inside.
The hatred he had for his enemies was changed to love. Instead of persecuting Christians, he was now a brother. His understanding of God was wholly transformed. He was now reborn as a completely different person.
In Galatians 2:20 he said, ” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
So in Philippians Paul is now saying that it doesn’t matter if he is alive or dead. In either case he is with Christ. How does this apply to us?
Join us on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. when Dr. Wayne Cook preaches on “What It Means To Be In Christ.”
We Christians use the word fellowship a lot. Most of our churches have what is called a fellowship hall. This is where a lot of eating takes place, but not always real fellowship.
This week, Pastor Wayne Cook will preach on Philippians 1:3-11 where Paul describes fellowship that involves the mind, the heart, and the tongue.
Continuing the theme of fellowship, the state of Jalisco now allows us to have as many as 75 people attend each service. And we recently reinstated our coffee hour — on the patio, rather than the narthex. We can’t wait to see you again!
If you’d like to get a little background on this book before the sermon on Sunday, I encourage you to read Acts 16. This chapter describes how Paul met the first people to be part of the local church in Philippi.
Philippi was established as a Roman colony within Macedonia about 90 years before Paul arrived there. In fact, it was a “miniature Rome,” governed under the municipal law of Rome by two military officers, who were appointed directly from Rome.
The town was quite prosperous, depending for its wealth on nearby gold mines. Lydia, the first Christian convert in Philippi, sold purple cloth to the wealthy there.
Our sermon on Sunday will cover Philippians 1:1-11.
Dear Members and Friends of Lakeside Presbyterian Church,
As soon as vaccines began to arrive in our community, we all started discussing when and how we’ll reopen the church. This is exciting news! We just had our first Session meeting since the vaccine’s arrival—and reopening was our most-discussed topic.
The elders decided that, in anticipation of the second vaccine being given to those 60+ in Ajijic and Chapala, we will be able worship at our church on Sunday, May 2.
If you are not comfortable attending the live worship services yet, we understand. Please join us online for live streaming via Facebook at facebook.com/lpcchapala/live. The service will also be recorded and available on our website on Sunday afternoon.
We also need to be clear that all of Jalisco’s required safety protocols must be followed while we’re in the church. That means if you’re unable to wear a mask for the duration of the service, you may have to wait to return. Also, because of the laws that are in place, attendance must be limited at this time to 50 persons.
If you plan to attend, we ask that you contact Lidia Ramirez by phone at 331-836-5686 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As we hope we’ve made clear our highest priority has always been you, our congregation. We love you and are committed to doing what love requires, even when it’s hard.
Thank you so much for the support you’ve continued to show for our family here at Lakeside! We hope to see you at worship very soon.