THE BEGINNING OF A LOVE AFFAIR
Philippians 1:1; Acts 16
Dr. Jerry Vines
The Apostle Paul wrote most of the books of the New Testament.
There are twenty-seven books in the New Testament and when you read them
you will find that Paul was the human author of more of these books than
any other writers. Several letters that Paul wrote were addressed to
individuals -- to the young preacher Timothy and to the man Titus and
some of those. Most of the books that Paul were letters addressed to
local churches. Paul wrote a letter to the church at Rome. Paul wrote
two letters to the church at Corinth. He wrote this little letter, the
book of Philippians, to the church at Philippi. It is God's happy book
written by a pastor who had a dear love for his people. In fact Paul
calls these people in this church that he had started - his dearly
beloved and his joy and crown. There seems to have been an unusual
relationship of love between Paul and this particular congregation. I
remember reading several years ago about a pastor who was greatly loved
by his congregation. He stayed there a number of years and everyone
there seemed to have a great love for him as their pastor. On an
occasions someone asked one of the members of the church - what was it
about your pastor that made him so special? Why is it that his ministry
was so blessed there and why do the people have such a great love for
him? The member thought for a little while then said, "I guess it's
because he just loved us." It's a wonderful thing when a pastor loves
second missionary journey.
In verses 6 and 7 it says - " Now when they had gone throughout
Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Spirit
to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed
to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit suffered them not."
You have here Paul's desire to go where God wants him to go. I
think that's something every Christian wants. Every Christian wants to
do what G ...
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