E komo mai I ko makou Mana’olana! Welcome to our Hope!
As a community, we’re continuing to grow in our understanding and practice of "whole-brained worship, discipleship and witness," learning how our gatherings as a church—in our building, homes, workplaces, and play spaces—can grow deeper in relational joy, healthy attachment to God and one another, and shared identity as "people of Christ" by speaking the truth in love with one another. READ MORE
TO LIVE IS CHRIST
"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account."
(Philippians 1:21-24, ESV)
T H I S W E E K ' S D I S C U S S I O N
Paul was imprisoned not only for his faith, but also for his witness to the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. Paul’s imprisonment caused some to preach Christ with increased boldness and faith, while some had other motives for preaching the gospel, even selfish ambition. However, it seems that two truths helped the apostle to continue his witness for Christ with hope and joy despite being in chains: firstly, that God would complete the work begun in us, and secondly, that while Paul himself might have wanted to die and go to heaven, Paul recognized that, at least for a little longer, his life would benefit the Body of Christ.