February 4, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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As we begin our journey of extracting brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, I encourage you to read the entire letter at one sitting. It’s short, so it shouldn’t take much longer than 45 minutes. Periodically, it is good to keep doing this, so we do not miss the overall theme of this letter and our time in it. By way of reminder, we will be looking at the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting as derived from 1:27,

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.

For today, our specific focus is on 1:1-2. Take a quick moment to read the passage afresh. From these verses come the following insights:

  • As Paul and Timothy were “servants of Christ Jesus,” we should also willfully give our entire lives to please God’s Anointed One to save His people. Our lives should be consumed with Jesus and the gospel.
  • Overseers (pastors, elders) and deacons are equal with all saints; there is no hierarchy or separation between the clergy and the laity, between church leadership and the congregation. In writing “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons,” Paul made clear this truth of equal status in Christ Jesus for all Christians.
  • Moreover, verse 2 leaves no doubt that we all need grace and peace “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” It is good to be reminded that God always keeps giving us what we need at all times, and that He always keeps us at peace with Himself because of Jesus.

Grace and peace to you, church family, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ