Today’s Missions Prayer Request: CPC West Campus: Launching October 20th. Pray for growth through reaching the lost/unchurched/dechurched in 40503 and 40504. Pray for Ministry Associate Sam Cirrincione and his leadership. Pray for continued development of our launch team as well.
Today you should read: Philippians 1:1-11
JumpStarters… welcome to a new book! Today we begin a study through the book of Philippians. If you have some extra time this week – read this book one time start to finish in one setting to gain the full picture of what its saying. This is a letter written to the church in Philippi by the church planter – Paul the Apostle. Philippi is a port city located on the Aegean Sea near Greece and Turkey.
Paul visited Philippi on his second missionary journey (about 50 AD [17 years after the crucifixion). Philippi became an early center for Christianity in Greece in about 10 years. Paul wrote this letter from a prison cell either in Caesarea (waiting to be transported to Rome), in Rome, or possibly from Ephesus. Some believe that Luke was the pastor of the church there.
Paul begins by acknowledging a few things…
- • The authorship – Paul and Timothy
- • The position – slaves (literally bond-slaves) of Jesus Christ
- • The recipients – The church at Philippi
Paul has a special place in his heart for the people at the church of Philippi – after all he gave birth to this church himself. He wishes them grace and peace in verse 2, and affirms how much he loves them in verse 3-4 and verse 7-8. They have been faithful partners in the proclamation of the Gospel ever since they heard about it (v.5). God started that work in them – and God will finish it (v.6).
Paul challenges them in verses 10-11 – and it’s certainly a challenge for us today as well. He challenges us to understand what really matters. And, what is that? What matters most? Our love for our Savior of course – and how that changes how we live! He tells us to live pure and blameless lives (lives that cannot be blamed by others) until Jesus returns. Is there anything in your life that doesn’t meet those qualifications?
Paul exhorts us to be filed with the fruit of our salvation – to look and act like followers of Christ. To show that we’ve been changed and to share the miracle of the Gospel with everyone we come in contact with. To allow the righteous character of Jesus to be produced in us – this will bring much glory and praise to our Father.
How applicable this 2,000-year-old letter is to us as well! Take a moment and ask God how He wants to use these 11 verses in your life today. Be encouraged – Be changed – Be victorious!
Posted by: Tim Parsons