Partners in the Gospel
Read Philippians 1:1–30
Some churches call those who have joined “partners” rather than “members.” The subtle difference is that “member” can describe someone who joins a group to get the benefits of membership, such as lower prices on groceries or better deals on products they order online.“Partner” has the connotation of people working together for the same goal.
Paul prayed for and commended the Philippians because they partnered with him to spread the gospel.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now (Philippians 1:4–5).
Although Paul wrote this letter while imprisoned for preaching the gospel, he knew the Philippians would carry on the work of the Lord.
The Church has been charged with the same ministry today. We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then we can stand firm in one Spirit, striving together (v. 27).
Thought for Today: Being part of a church is more about participation than perks.
Quicklook: Philippians 1:4–11