If you have never read these verses, or at least taken the time to deeply meditate on them, I would strongly encourage you to do so. I strongly doubt there are many other passages of scripture that display one man’s deep love for a church like this passage does – save Jesus’ love for His church in the Gospels. Here, in this passage, Paul shows us what good Christian fellowship looks like – and we would be wise to pay attention.
Paul highlights themes should as pray, being united in one spirit and love, and willingly bearing each other’s burdens in this section of Philippians. What we could do at FUEL is break down each of these individual themes and talk about them at length. Or…we could simply focus on the one heart beat that holds all of these themes together in a Christians life: love for Jesus. And highlighting that theme is exactly what we intend to do on Wednesday. We want all of these themes to be true in the lives of our students, but NONE of them will be true if they don’t genuinely love Jesus. After all, that is the sole and primary commonality that Paul had with these Philippian believers: they both loved Jesus more than anything. In this, Paul didn’t just find good friends in Philippi, but genuine brothers and sisters that he would spend eternity with. We want our students to feel the same way towards each other as they learn to love Jesus better as individuals and also as a group.
Please pray for this lesson this week, and please pray that our students would be united together in one spirit of love and obedience to Jesus. We will press this theme not only this Wednesday, but in all of the Wednesday nights to come throughout this series. May God’s people always be united together in good Christian fellowship as we love and serve Jesus together.