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Paul’s Letter to the Philippians- April 8, 2024

Monday, April 8

Devotional written by Curtis Johnson, Adult Ministry Pastor

 

PAUL’S LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS

“Welcome him (Epaphroditus) in the Lord with great Joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.”
Philippians 2:29-30

Read Philippians 2:19-30

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The Bible Project tells us the church in Philippi was the first Jesus community Paul started in Eastern Europe (Acts 16). Philippi was a Roman colony in Ancient Macedonia, full of retired soldiers, and well known for its patriotic nationalism. As you might imagine, Paul faced resistance there for announcing Jesus as the true king of the world. After Paul had moved on, those who did become followers of Jesus continued to suffer persecution, but they remained a vibrant community, faithful to Jesus’s way.

Paul sent this letter to them during one of his many imprisonments for a very practical reason. The Philippians had sent one of their members, Epaphroditus, to take a financial gift to Paul and support him in prison. Paul sent this letter back to Epaphroditus to thank them for a generous gift and much more.

Chapter 1 of Philippians opens with a prayer of gratefulness, as Paul thanks God for the Philippians’ generosity and faithfulness. He expresses his confidence that the life-transformation work that God has begun in them will continue to grow into greater, more beautiful expressions of faithfulness and love.

Macedonia still exists today as a geographical region in Southeast Europe that currently includes the nation of North Macedonia and parts of Greece, Albania, Serbia, and Kosovo. 

For today: What are you grateful for? If you were to write a letter to someone you were grateful for in your past, who would that go to, and what would it say?

 

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