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June 3, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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Just like last week, today, we come to a very well-known and often quoted verse among Christians. May our brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians in 4:15-20 be a blessing to you. Please take a quick moment to read these verses afresh.

Also, please keep the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in your minds as you read the following insights.

From our passage today come the following insights:

  • Without question, the central theme of these verses, as with this entire letter, is the gospel. Here, Paul is sharing a key truth about the gospel, that it is about “giving and receiving.” Granted, the practical element the apostle is initially talking about is the financial gift to the needy in the church at Jerusalem. But clearly Paul is basing that practical act in the fact that Jesus gave Himself for us and we received His gift resulting in salvation. We see that truth in the very well-known and often quoted verse 19, “…in Christ Jesus.”
  • Another insight observed in these verses concerns financial gifts to support people on missionary trips. We clearly see that such gifts are “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.” For God is pleased when we support missionaries and the work of God above and beyond our regular giving.
  • Moreover, such giving and receiving based on the gospel strengthens our relationship with Jesus and with one another. Our fruitfulness, our effectiveness, our spiritual growth increases when we engage in both contributing to the needs of others and receiving help from others. Moreover, when this is both our mindset and practice, our own needs are met by God from His unlimited resources resulting in Him receiving glory.

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—Philippians 4:21-22. Beloved, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!