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Humility

As much of the world turns its attention to Rio for the Olympic Games, we’re going to spend the month of August looking into some of the athletic metaphors that Paul used to explain a life of faith to the church in the first century. After all, victory isn’t just handed out at the door – it requires strength, focus, endurance, and humility.

Reading: Philippians 2:1-11

Endurance

As much of the world turns its attention to Rio for the Olympic Games, we’re going to spend the month of August looking into some of the athletic metaphors that Paul used to explain a life of faith to the church in the first century. After all, victory isn’t just handed out at the door – it requires strength, focus, endurance, and humility.

Readings: Philippians 3:12-14

Strength

The upcoming Olympics will provide us with many examples of feats of physical strength which are impressive and inspiring.  However, as we’ll note this Sunday morning, strength is much more complex and nuanced than the lifting of weight or throwing of objects.  Strength is relative (ie. an ant can lift 5,000 times its own body weight).  Some of the most important feats of strength are far more than physical (ie. Mental, emotional). Some strength is the result of apparent weakness/brokenness, while some strength is actually found within brokenness.  Some strength is demonstrated by an individual, whereas some strength is best evident in dependence and mutual effort.  Let’s consider together the ways that our Maker desires strength in us.

Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:5-10