READ: Philippians 1:3-11
- Partnership doesn’t imply that we have it all together. Paul readily admits that the Philippians are not yet fully mature. God has a work that is yet to be completed. But, and this is significant, partnership actually is a part of the journey. Partnership means we are all in the process of God bringing His work in us to completion. We all have a future that includes change and growth.
- One of the ways this was happening was in Paul’s letter writing. He was actually fostering the Philippian growth by writing to them and bringing them into further partnership. Their lack of maturity was no reason for them to not be included in the work of the mission of the church. In fact, doing the work of ministry, being focused on mission, would actually enhance their further progress.
- In Philippians, we see there is some division (ch. 2:1-4). There is fighting between some women (4:2-3), and there are ambitious preachers who are seeking self-elevation (1:15-18). By focusing on the mission of the church and helping Paul in the expanding mission of the gospel to Rome and beyond, these people will get their focus off their personal preferences and egos and see the larger purpose of the gospel. Partnership in what is important and will curtail the partnership in what hinders the gospel.
- Describe a situation where you’ve seen division and thus, lack of progress in the church.
- When have you been in conflict in the church and how did that impact your growth?
- How would you explain to others how important a unified partnership is?
PRAY: Thank God for the focus of Madison Park’s mission. Pray that we do not get sidetracked from what God is calling us to do. Commit to keeping the gospel as your focus.