Church-going

For several months now, Bethany and I have been reading Philippians 2:1-13  to cultivate the proper attitude toward the Cambodian trip. It reads as follows:

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with 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 purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

A few weeks ago, Leonard and David made the first few verses of Philippians 2 the official scripture for the Transforming Cambodia interim. And today David preached on that passage (with a half-hour notice) at the Siem Reap Brethren Church that meets at the New International Builders Community.

The sermon was preceded by songs, scriptures and testimonies from the Cambodian congregation and students from Handong Global University in Seoul, South Korea. Many have written about the joy of recognizing the melody of a hymn as it’s being sung in another language. What’s even better,  I think, is singing the same hymn in your own language as it’s being sung in another and knowing we’re all singing to the same Father.

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