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?”