Partnership in the Gospel
Why Philippians? Why Now?
Having spent several months in the Old Testament book of Proverbs, we are turning next to the New Testament letter of Philippians to guide our Sunday messages. Philippians is a joyful letter that focuses on Jesus and His return. Of the 104 verses in Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, Jesus’ name or title is used 51 times. It is Paul’s most informal letter and is overflowing with his love and affection. We also find in Philippians a compelling pattern for building partnerships with others in expanding the gospel. But, why now? Because it speaks to our reality. The church today finds itself likewise in challenging times, often retreating before the world, uncertain of its message. Paul, too, was misunderstood and misrepresented. The ancient church was tensed up because of opposition, as we often find ourselves. In the Philippian church there was internal unrest giving rise to some of Paul’s most sweeping calls for unity. False doctrine threatened to seep into the church from those who may have once been part of their community. We will find these and other parallels to our own situation, and the words of Scripture will guide and empower us as they did this ancient Greek church. Finally, we too can gain perspective on our gospel partnerships as we seek to complete God’s mission on the earth.