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May 6, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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For today, our specific focus on our journey of pulling out brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians is on 4:2-3. Please take a quick moment to read these verses anew.

As we look at the below insights today, especially keep in mind that the overall theme of this letter is the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting. That is, the truths we see in this brief letter by Paul should impact us first as we live them out among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, namely, the members of the biblical local-global church to which we belong.

From our passage today come the following insights:

  • Without question, these verses affirm the importance of women in gospel ministry. And the way Paul writes is that this is not abnormal, as his concern or point is that two of his fellow companions are at odds over something and he desires that they reach consensus on the issue. And based on how Paul uses the word translated “agree” in the rest of this letter, the issue of disagreement concerns Jesus and the gospel.
  • Agreement “in the Lord” is essential for effective gospel ministry. We, and all Christians, must agree that only Jesus is the solution to man’s sin problem. For God’s ministry is NOT Jesus plus anything else; it is in Christ alone where our hope and our labor in the Lord is grounded. No wonder the devil and the world seek to highlight disagreements among Christians about our mission in the world. Divide and conquer is an old battle strategy that among mere humans has had historical success. But we are on the winning side of the war! For Jesus has conquered both sin and the grave!
  • Paul takes an interesting turn in these two verses in that he is talking to a specific individual that is unnamed about two of his gospel ministry companions. We see this at the start of verse 3. Clearly, one Christian with the right, biblical focus can make a difference for Jesus. We all should commit to keeping Jesus and the gospel central in God’s ministry, and we must commit to helping others among us who may be or who may get off course.

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—Philippians 4:4-7. Beloved, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!