PHILIPPIANS 2018 | DAY XIII

READ PHILIPPIANS ONE

 

So far in our study, we’ve learned two things about Paul’s relationship with the Philippian church. First, in our book overview study we noted the affectionate language the Paul uses to describe his relationship with them – how he longs to see them, calling them “beloved,” and speaking with great emotional affection for them.

 

We’ve also seen (and done the exegetical work to back it up) what it means to Paul when he calls the Philippians his “partners in the Gospel” (or, in Greek, κοινωνίᾳ ὑμῶν εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον). We looked at each of these words – “partner” meaning to partake or take part in, and “Gospel” meaning the good news of Jesus Christ. Today, before we move onto the rest of Paul’s greeting, I want us to put our understanding of their relationship in context. We’re going to look throughout the rest of the book of Philippians and make note of the places we see evidence of this “partnership in the Gospel.”

 

Pull out your double-spaced printed copy of the book of Philippians. Read through the entire book and make note of any place you see evidence of the Philippians partnering with Paul in the Gospel.

 

Recall the three ways we defined this: personal belief in the Gospel, helping spread the Gospel, and reminding other Christians of the Gospel. Where do you see evidence of each in the book of Philippians?

 

Personal belief in the Gospel:

 

Helping spread the Gospel:

 

Reminding other Christians of the Gospel:

 

With this relationship in mind, my personal understanding about spiritual friendships is clarified. When I consider the way that the Philippian church was personally growing in Christ (1:9-11), I am reminded of all the ways that God is calling me to grow – the areas of sin He is convicting me to repent of, and the areas of spiritual immaturity He is asking me to grow in. When I read about the way the Philippian church supported Paul’s ministry (most likely financially) in prayer as he was persecuted (1:19-20), I am reminded of those in my life that God would have me support through giving to their ministry or missions work or by committing to pray for their endurance in ministry on a regular basis. And, when I read about how Paul is encouraged by their faith as he faces death (2:14-16), I am encouraged to consider before the Lord which brothers and sisters in the faith I am called to encourage and point toward the Gospel of Christ.

 

Prayerfully consider each of these categories. How might God be asking you to grow in each of these areas?

 

Personal belief in the Gospel:

 

Helping spread the Gospel:

 

Reminding other Christians of the Gospel:

 

 

PRAY & REFLECT

Ask the Lord to grow you in each of these areas. Ask Him to give you an open heart to hear His call to obedience, and to give you feet that are quick to obedience.

Author: amygannett

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