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Courage to Sacrifice

Through Jesus, we can be “great hearts” with courage to sacrifice.


I have to say on a Sunday when I get to kick off a new study, it does feel a little bit like Christmas morning and I finally get to open that gift I’ve been waiting to open up. That’s how I feel about the Book of Philippians; it’s an incredible gift. I have this anticipation of what the Lord is going to teach us about him, about the church, about life in God. So we’re going to unwrap Philippians together over the next several weeks. Often if you’ve been around Christian circles—and I don’t assume that all of you have—this is the book you often start studying. It is a great starter book, but don’t be deceived. It’s a very complex book as well. There is the theme of joy, but there is also deeply and richly in this book the theme of sacrifice and that’s what we’re going to work on together.

As a matter of fact, this is going to be the first series and we’re going to do four-part series that speaks to what we call the five S’s. We developed these 5 S’s out of Acts 2. These five S’s make up the life of the church, the people of God, and the life of those who follow Jesus. These S’s are very simple: fully scriptural, fully sacramental, full of the Spirit, free to sacrifice our lives for others, focus on the salvation of others.

The American collective memory has in it a wide diversity of men and women who would be profiles of courage. And it’s good as an American to be aware of our story, be aware of our history, be aware of some of these often known heroes of courage. If I was to pick one that might come to mind, if you have familiarity with American history, it would be the president Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore ...

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Stewart Ruch III is the rector of the Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois and the Bishop for the Midwest Diocese for the Anglican Church in North America.

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