This Sunday, I am beginning a new series on the book of Philippians. This is a letter that is many people’s favorite. It’s a letter of thanksgiving from Paul, who at the time of writing it was in a Roman prison. And he was full of joy. Why? It doesn’t really make sense. Yet Paul, as he sat there in chains, reflects back on his time with his friends from Philippi and begins to write a letter thanking them for their participation in the Gospel! This is the whole point. Paul, once a murderer of Christians, experiences the risen Christ in the most real way and his life forever changed. He goes on to be the greatest missionary/church planter the church has ever known. And most of the New Testament is written by Paul.
As I think about what God is trying to say to me through this letter, I can’t help but think about and reflect back on the people that have partnered with me and given me incredible gifts as a way of advancing the Gospel. I’ll be sharing this Sunday a special story with one of the most generous people I’ve ever known and how he truly partnered with me (from afar) in sharing the good news of Jesus with the people in Lovington, NM. I can’t wait to share this story and I hope that others will be able to reflect on how they have been blessed by others through the church. I have to say that LovingtonNaz is a very generous church. I am blessed to minister with so many wonderful, talented, and giving people. But I also hope that we will become an even more generous church and a blessing to so many others as we spread the good news of Jesus in our neighborhood.
I echo the prayer Paul prays for the church in Philippi:
“That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11