Words from Our Sponsored
June 25, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Paul’s main purpose for writing was to express his gratitude for the gift which had been sent to him from the Philippian congregation. Paul has strong words of encouragement for the Philippian believers, namely, that the God Who had cared for his needs, through their loving concern, would also care for their needs as they trusted Him.
Paul had just mentioned in the preceding verses that he had learned contentment; times of poverty and times of plenty. The word "contentment" means self-sufficient, but in the Greek it meant satisfied, adequate, competent, or sufficient. In 2 Cor. 12:9, Paul was told by God, "My grace is sufficient for you."
Charles Kelley defines contentment this way, "Christian contentment is the God-given ability to be satisfied with the loving provision of God in any and every situation."
2 Corinthians 3:5, "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God."
The Philippian passage I have chosen deals with a mission offering or a sacrificial gift. Doug Ripley said an offering is considered a sacrifice "when you give something you love to someone you love even more."
EXAMPLE: Abraham/Isaac: Did Abraham love Isaac? Yes! But he loved God more.
Note the words from our Sponsored:
I. PARTICIPATION. 14-16
.14 "you shared in my distress" – to communicate; to participate in with someone. His need was their need; they shared the burden. Again, "shared is our word for fellowship.
Note Phil. 1:7
"Just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace."
They were so concerned about Paul that they considered his suffering to be their suffering.
1 Corinthians 12:26, "And if one member suffers, all the members suffer wi ...
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