I have started this year preaching in Philippians. We are organizing our thoughts around the word “Pursue.” Paul aimed to pursue Christ. We learn in chapter 2, the subject of my message yesterday, that Paul exhorted the church to pursue the unity of the church as they pursued Christ.
I identified three reasons in Philippians 2 for Paul’s exhortation. Unity in the church . . .
- Blesses the Leadership.
- Is Basic to Discipleship.
- Is Beneficial to Evangelism.
Paul revisits this theme in chapter 4 in a specific manner. Look at Philippians 4:2-3.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I also ask you, true partner, to help these women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the book of life.
We don’t know who Euodia and Syntyche were. We don’t know what the issue was. What we do know is that the issue was big enough for Paul to address. Because of what we read in chapter 2 and then Paul coming back to it, we might even speculate that this was the whole reason Paul wrote. And there is one thing more that we don’t know. We don’t know what happened. All we have are these two verses.
What do you want to be known for? What do you want your church to be known for?
Do you want to be known as Euodia and Syntyche or do you want to be known as a “true partner?”
Think about all of the promises of God’s Word. The truth is you cannot think about them all. The promises of God are infinite. The big promise, of course, is salvation through Jesus Christ alone. With that salvation, we are promised Heaven, His power, and His presence always with us. In addition He promises His return.
Then there are the promises associated with obedience. For example, we are promised that we will have all of our needs fulfilled if we are proper stewards in tithes and offerings of what He has given us. Then, there are promises of God associated with disobedience. The promise that we will reap what we sow comes to mind.
The question is “Do we believe God’s Word? Do we believe that God keeps His Word? Noah did. We get a good summary in one verse in Genesis 6:22. “And Noah did this. He did everything that God had commanded him.”
The writer of Hebrews gave a good word about his faith in Hebrews 11:7. “By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family.”
Noah believed that God was a God who kept His promises even though His Word is sometimes….
- Difficult to accept.
- Doubted by others.
Moved by reverence, Noah acted.
The best evidence that we believe that God’s Word is true is when we act.
Last Sunday was a fantastic start to our New Year and new schedule. We are aware of several things that likely concern you regarding class sizes in relation to the size of rooms. We are very much working through these things. We beg your patience with us and know that we are aware and working tirelessly to solve as many of these problems as is possible. In the meanwhile, continue to come, be excited about these changes, and give all glory to God.
If we can be of any help at all to help you to connect to a Sunday School class, please ask. We are looking forward to a great year.
For the month of January, I am preaching in Philippians. Sunday, we are going to consider much of chapter two. I want to challenge you to “Pursue Unity in the Church” as Paul described in Philippians 2.
Our changes on Sunday have also created the necessity for a small Wednesday schedule change. The Wednesday night prayer service and Bible Study time will start at 6:15 instead of 6:00. So, the new time will be from 6:15-7:00 p.m. This change accommodates two different choir rehearsal times. The Dinner start time remains 4:45.
Year End Giving! Let me share with you that we concluded 2018 ahead of budget by $4,479.74. We praise the Lord for His faithfulness and thank you for your obedience in giving. In addition, to date, we have given $92,268 to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. If you would still like to give to this offering, please do that this week.
El Renuevo—This is the name of our Hispanic Mission attached to us. Their pastor, Bro. Melvin Mendoza, has resigned. We thank Bro. Melvin for his leadership. We are pleased to announce that Bro. Carlos Schmidt is going to be the Interim Pastor.
See You Sunday!