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Monday Memo - January 8

The words of Charles Arn caught my attention yesterday.

Someone once said, “The world is divided into guests and hosts.” You probably know people who are perpetual guests. They never take the responsibility of a host for people’s needs, feelings, concerns, comfort, or hospitality. They seem to exist to be served not to serve—others are always responsible to take care of them. When walking into a room, they seem to say, “Well, here I am. What are you going to do about it?” instead of saying, “Well, look who’s here. It’s great to see you! How have you been?”

When we become a Christian, we are no longer a guest in this world. We become partners with God in hosting life for others. And what do hosts do? They welcome people into their lives. Their first concern is that their guests enjoy themselves and feel acceptance and love. They make their guests feel welcome. They make their guests feel important. Can you recall when someone was an outstanding host for you? A good host is not a position or a task. It is a self-image … a mindset … a lifestyle.

Perhaps it is the current series in Philippians that has made more of a front burner issue for me. Maybe the new year—and the opportunity that awaits us each Sunday…and beyond…to be hosts. All of us. Did you catch his last words? It is a self-image…a mindset…a lifestyle. How do you see yourself? A guest or a host?

I hope you give priority to the next couple of messages from Philippians. They will help with our “self-image!” You can always go to to get a look ahead at the messages as well as look back on the previous one. Just scroll down to the sermon notes.

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday. And let’s all come as “hosts!”


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Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back  

"Chain Reaction: Sweet"    Philippians 2:12-13

There are no Looking Back notes this week.

Looking Ahead

"Chain Reaction: Proof POSITIVE"    Philippians 2:14-18

Credibility is a huge issue when it comes to the faith in Christ. While there is much historical evidence and philosophical reasoning that gives high credibility to the faith, ultimately, people draw conclusions based upon the lifestyle of those who identify themselves with Him. Here Paul identifies the calling of members of His church to be proof positive of credibility of the gospel.


1.    What is the main “command” in this paragraph? (see 2:14) Considering the context, especially 2:1-4 and 4:1-2, write v. 14 out in your own words. Be creative!

2.    How does verse 15 help us understand what is at stake when it comes to our relational heath with one another and our attitude toward life? (see also John 13:34-35 and 17:20-23)

3.    How does Paul help the church clarify its role in the culture in this passage?   

4.    How does Paul’s example in vs. 16-18 give credibility to what he is asking of the Philippians?


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