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Partnership in the Gospel - Philippians 1:3-11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:39

The Apostle Paul was brimming with joy. He'd been spending time in prayer recalling the Philippians and thanking God for their partnership with him in the gospel. As Acts 16 records, it had started with Paul's visit to Philippi, and the conversion of Lydia and the Philippian jailer. Paul is also likely to have returned there a few more times. The Philippians' partnership had continued, both in their proclamation of the gospel and their consistent financial support for Paul's ministry - despite the fact that they would have put themselves in danger by their support for him. Paul's imprisonment would have been a source of shame in the ancient world.

 

The Apostle Paul was brimming with joy. He'd been spending time in prayer recalling the Philippians and thanking God for their partnership with him in the gospel. As Acts 16 records, it had started with Paul's visit to Philippi, and the conversion of Lydia and the Philippian jailer. Paul is also likely to have returned there a few more times. The Philippians' partnership had continued, both in their proclamation of the gospel and their consistent financial support for Paul's ministry - despite the fact that they would have put themselves in danger by their support for him. Paul's imprisonment would have been a source of shame in the ancient world.

Their partnership in the gospel had brought Paul and the Philippians into close fellowship. You don't see quite such affectionate words from Paul in any of his other letters. And he wants to encourage them in their faith. He reminds them of their security in Christ - that the same God who opened the heart of Lydia to the gospel (Acts 16:14) and caused the earthquake which resulted in the conversion of the jailer (Acts 16:26) would continue to work in their lives until they met the Lord Jesus. He also prayed that their manner of life would be worthy of the gospel - that they might walk wisely in love, and that their lives would exhibit the fruits of righteousness.

 

What church wouldn't want to exhibit such a partnership in the gospel?

Blessings,

Pastor Chris.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:06