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Unity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Kibble   
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:02

Dear all

It's a challenge isn't it? To form a united group from people of diverse backgrounds in such a way that their unity is a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But God honouring unity in his followers is what Jesus prayed for in his prayer to his Father in John 17.

One can see evidence of disunity in the early church, particularly in Corinth and Rome. And even in the church at Philippi, Paul has concerns over unity. So Paul provides four encouragements to unity to the the Christians in Philippi. First, he reminds them that they are 'in Christ'. That they are now part of a unique family which has at its head Jesus Christ. Second, they should remember that they were and are unconditionally loved by Christ. Divine love is the great motivating factor in the universe. Third, the Philippians shared one Holy Spirit - possession of the Spirit being the ultimate definition of what is a Christian. Finally, Paul emphasizes that the mutual tenderness and compassion which resulted from their conversion would help their unity

By way of application, Paul encourages the Philippians to be like minded - that they should all be concerned for the gospel. That they would be mindful of seeing unbelievers come to faith. Secondly, they should love one another. I'm sure that they would have been mindful of Jesus command that they should love one another 'as I have loved you'. They should avoid trying to advance themselves (selfish ambition) or be guilty of conceit. Finally, they should value others above themselves in humility, looking to others' interests in the same way that they were used to looking at their own

These are great motivations and applications - and in our next Philippians' sermon, we'll see how Paul points them to Jesus

Sadly, Mary Ann Buffam of Tearfund cannot now attend our September potluck. However, I'm delighted to say that Steve and Jennifer Ney will be sharing instead. I'm sure it'll be a great evening. I'll be sorry to miss it as I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks

Blessings

 

Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 22:32