Philippians 1:3-8; Mickey Connolly
- Philippians 1:3 (ESV)
- Philippians 1:4 (ESV)
- Philippians 1:5 (ESV)
- Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
- Philippians 1:7 (ESV)
- Philippians 1:8 (ESV)
Philippians isn't a business letter, bit rather a love letter.
Philippians 1:3-8 ESV
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
When Paul thinks of the Philippian church he's filled with joy and confidence.
WHAT ABOUT THIS CHURCH EVOKED SUCH FEELINGS IN PAUL???
The partnership in the gospel was sustained by this church.
Paul came to Philippi with a mission, to preach the gospel and see people converted and mature in Jesus Christ.
This church shared Paul's heartbeat.
The gospel was the singular passion of Paul's life.
Sons becoming business owners example.
Being transformed by the gospel creates a passion to see others transformed by the gospel.
It's easy to partner when things are going well, but hard when there is suffering. During the suffering the Philippians fellowship wasn't broken.
This isn't just Paul's passion but Christ's as well. Partnership was God-created & God-sustained.
Paul says I am sure. What it's Paul so sure of???
There is no other possible answer for what happened in Philippi than the sovereign work of God. God began and continues a good with in us individually and in the Church.
God always completes the work he has begun.
God patiently works to straighten and complete the work he has begun.
ON THAT DAY WE WILL BE FILLED WITH COMPLETE JOY FOR THE WORK GOD COMPLETED IN US, AND IT WILL BE MORE THAN WORTH ALL THE SUFFERING
God wants Paul's experience to be ours, and filled with joy as we consider the partnership we have in the gospel with each other.
Thankfulness, joy, and affection did not occur during happy times.
During these times there are temptations to complain, be sad or grumpy as opposed to joyful, become cold-hearted, become cynical, and give up.
DO I HAVE AFFECTION FOR THIS CHURCH???
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