#11: Where Satan Dwells[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues our Revelation series looking at Revelation 2:12-17.

Daily Bites Of God’s Word on 2 Timothy 1:7

On this new Daily Bites of God’s Word, Andy discusses 2 Timothy 1:7 and helps us understand what this verse means and it’s importance.

Flattery is Not Encouragement

Lurking in the shadow of every good gift from God is a twisted perversion that seeks to imitate and destroy. These destructive copycats disguise themselves as good but are actually out to cause chaos and confusion. God creates healthy friendships as a gift, but sin...

Cross-Minded Conduct and Conversation

As Paul wraps up his teaching portion of the letter to the Colossians, he shifts from the topic of how union in Christ is manifested in the personal lives of believers and in their relationships within the body to their public walk before an unbelieving and watching...

Theological Triage – 3rd Level Issues, Part 1

On this new By His Grace show, Andy and Dave discuss what third-order doctrines are, how important they are to study, and some guidance on how to exercise wisdom and discernment on third-order issues. What You Will Hear on This Episode What third-order doctrines are...

King James Onlyism Rhetoric 101: Understanding Proper Categories

On this new By His Grace show, Andy opens a series on King James Onlyism discussing understanding proper categories.
The Joy of Partaking

Posted On January 10, 2020

Philippians 1:7-8, “It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.”

The Meaning and Purpose of Fellowship

In a previous article in this series, we discussed the idea of gospel partnership. In that article, we discussed the importance of prayer and joy in gospel partnership. In Philippians 1:7, the Apostle Paul expounds on what gospel partnership looks like. He says, “It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace.” The word used for partner (v.5) and partaker (v.7) is the same Greek word koinonia. Typically this word is translated as “fellowship.” Yet, it denotes a deeper meaning than is assumed in modern Christianity. Today, in the church, the word fellowship is used to mean eating a meal, or a Bible study with coffee and refreshments. The biblical meaning of fellowship, however, denotes the idea of walking together, and participation in a shared experience. To be in fellowship means that two people share the same experience and can relate on a deeper level than others who not had the same experience. The shared experience (koinonia) that Paul discusses in his letter to the Philippians is the experience of grace.

Paul reminds the Philippian church of two ways that they are partakers with him in the grace of God. First, they were partakers in his imprisonment. They continued to support and encourage him in a time when they could have distanced themselves from him.

Partakers of the Gospel

Second, they were partakers in his defense and confirmation of the gospel. These are legal terms that denote arguing one’s case before a judge. Paul had done this several times and was in prison because of defense and confirmation of the gospel. The Philippian church had stood by Paul through his difficult times. Their continued support of him was an apologetic to Paul of the truth of the gospel. The fellowship that he had with the Philippian believers was supported by a deep affection that was made possible only through the shared experience of the grace of Jesus.

Paul’s relationship with the Philippians, as demonstrated in his letter to them, reminds the modern church of how we are to relate to one another. Gospel fellowship must be rooted in a deep affection that comes through the grace of Jesus, which will consist of more than once a week Bible studies and worship gatherings. In this life, we need others in the body of Christ to walk with us through good and bad seasons, reminding us of the truths of the gospel. We need brothers and sisters in Christ who will fellowship with us in our suffering. While this may not consist of imprisonment like Paul, it will mean seasons of suffering will come for every follower of Christ. It is in times of difficulty that we need Christ and the church the most.

The Importance of Christians One Anothering Each other

In our present cultural moment in America, we need fellow Christians who will walk with us through life and help us defend and contend for the gospel.

It is crucial in our day to commend the gospel to one another, and this is accomplished by “striving side by side,” as Paul puts it later in the letter (Philippians 1:27). Seeing other believers live out the gospel is the best defense and confirmation of it in our own lives. Paul’s letter to the Philippians is just as much an encouragement today as it was to its original readers. We need each other and must work together to advance the gospel. What a joy it is to live life together with others who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. In the words of the hymn writer, “what a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms.” The letter to the Philippians reminds us that we must lean on Him together.

Related Posts

Flattery is Not Encouragement

Flattery is Not Encouragement

Lurking in the shadow of every good gift from God is a twisted perversion that seeks to imitate and destroy. These destructive copycats disguise themselves as good but are actually out to cause chaos and confusion. God creates healthy friendships as a gift, but sin...

Cross-Minded Conduct and Conversation

Cross-Minded Conduct and Conversation

As Paul wraps up his teaching portion of the letter to the Colossians, he shifts from the topic of how union in Christ is manifested in the personal lives of believers and in their relationships within the body to their public walk before an unbelieving and watching...

Theological Triage – 3rd Level Issues, Part 1

Theological Triage – 3rd Level Issues, Part 1

On this new By His Grace show, Andy and Dave discuss what third-order doctrines are, how important they are to study, and some guidance on how to exercise wisdom and discernment on third-order issues. What You Will Hear on This Episode What third-order doctrines are...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share28
Reddit
Pin
Share
Email