Philippians 2:1-2
October 6th, 2019

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Introduction

Each exhortation, each appeal by Paul in verse 1, is paired with a needed change in the Philippians behavior in verse 2.

Encouragement in Christ/One Mind

If there is any encouragement in Christ. The word parkle’sis in the Greek could also be translated comfort or consolation, or exhortation.

Paul is referring to their ultimate comfort and consolation in Christ. Paul pairs this with Unity of will, moving forward together for the gospel and putting aside the slight because when we put it beside His death on the cross, it’s nothing.

Consolation of love, Maintaining the same love

Ongoing consolation of Christ from within by the Holy Spirit from within should be extended in love toward on another.

Fellowship of the Spirit, United in Spirit

Koinonia, fellowship-relationship; a sharing, close, participatory relationship with the Holy Spirit is extended outward toward other Christians.

Affection and Compassion, Intent on one purpose

It’s God’s love that started our relationship with him “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” All that we do is to be motivated out of love. Without love, our works are useless from God’s perspective.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal.

Joy Complete

Paul had joy in all circumstances, but his joy would only be filled to the brim when the well-being of the Philippians congregation, currently troubled by strife and self-interest is restored.





One Church, One Spirit – 1 Cor 12:12-18
September 29th, 2019

12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

One Church, one body.

When a part of the body is hurting, the whole body is hurting

In the 12th Chapter of Corinthians, Paul speaks to the entire church.

God made us all one family in Christ.

When Jesus prayed for His disciples his prayer was for unity in the church

It takes humility, gentleness, and patience and tolerance for one another in love.

The word minister means servant.

We serve each other, because we love each other and because we love Jesus.

One Church, one Spirit.

The Holy Spirit equips us for ministry by giving each believer one or more Spiritual gifts according to His will.

Bibically speaking, all Christians are ministers.

These spiritual gifts are first and foremost to serve each other

Use of these Spiritual gifts is an evidence of cooperating with the Spirit of God within us.

If we will cooperate with the Holy Spirit, working together as one body, using our spiritual gifts to serve each other, the body the church will get stronger.





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September 23rd, 2019

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