This week in chapel, Dr. Walter Gibson preached from Philippians 2:1-4, and he highlighted that we are to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. We are to look to the interests of others over our own desires and interests.

The astronomer Copernicus discovered that the earth is not at the center of the cosmos. Rather, it is the sun that is at the center, and the earth revolves around it. For Christians, a mark of spiritual maturity is a willingness to accept that the earth does not revolve around you. The second mark of spiritual maturity is to demonstrate the ability to get along with others and to love others well. In order to love others, leaders must be intentional to put others’ needs first. One’s ability to demonstrate humility is like the grease that keeps relationships running smoothly.

In closing, Dr. Gibson emphasized four key points on how Christians are to model the Gospel.

  1. Be the one who takes initiative toward reconciliation.
  2. Commit to sympathizing with other people.
  3. Refrain from disengaging from relationships with those God has called you to serve.
  4. Before you talk to others, talk to God.

Listen to the full sermon below.


Rev. Dr. Walter R. Gibson, Jr., currently serves as pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Lansing, Mich. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern Methodist University, Dr. Gibson began his theological training at the College of Biblical Studies (Houston, TX), and Houston Graduate School of Theology where he earned his master’s degree (2001) and Doctor of Ministry (2014). He is the author of the inspirational book “No More Business As Usual.” In addition, he is a Pirsig Fellowship small group leader and often assists with the Ministry Residency workshops. He is married to the love of his life, Tarsha Gibson, and they have two dynamic sons, Cameron and Christian.