This past Sunday we looked at Philippians 1, Striving Together for the Faith of the Gospel. As Christians we instinctively understand our role to work together as a church family to reach our community for Christ.
But, what does it look like if we are to strive together or partner together for the Gospel’s advancement?
I suggested that Philippians 1 reveals four ways to assess if we are partnering together:
- Partnering reveals prayerfulness (4, 9)
(3) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, (4) always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, (9) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
- Partnering reveals relationships (3, 7, 8)
(3) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you… (7) just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. (8) For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
- Partnering reveals interdependence (9, 10)
(9) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (10) that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
- Partnering reveals a holy jealousy for one another (11)
(11) And this I pray… 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Only by Spirit-given humility and God’s grace will we see these affects work our way into the fabric of our church family.