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Paul writes from prison to a church in Philippi, a large city on one of the main roads connecting Rome with territories to the east. He visited it twice on his third missionary journey. While Paul is in jail, perhaps in Rome during the early a.d. 60s, a messenger arrives from the church at Philippi, in northern Greece. Some 10 years earlier, during Paul’s second missionary trip, Paul had arrived in Philippi and established what became the first church in Europe.
Paul’s words are captivating, coming from the brink of death.
as he sits in some other jail and writes to his beloved Philippians, he speaks of happiness.
He says he’s happy that he has such caring friends. He’s even happy that he’s suffering for Christ because his suffering is inspiring other Christians to preach more boldly. And he says if need be, he will be happy to die because he will go to be with Christ, which is a much better place than where he is now.
As Paul faces death and ponders his mortality, his thoughts are drawn to the Source of immortality. “If I live, it will be for Christ, and if I die, I will gain even more” (1:21).
Paul wants the Philippians to experience this same peaceful joy when they reflect on their lives. So in the spirit of a gentle father, he advises them “to discover what it really means to be saved. God is working in you to make you willing and able to obey and trust Him. . . .
Wednesday night is Bible study. 1st. Timothy
Timothy was Paul’s spiritual son in the faith and loyal coworker. In the New Testament Timothy appears with Paul more than any other man.
Timothy went with Paul on his second missionary journey and led the Ephesus Church as a pastor. The Epistles to Timothy and Titus are called the Pastoral Epistles, because they are principally devoted to directions about the work of the pastor of a church.
The message of 1 and 2 Timothy can be summed up by words like remember (2 Tim. 2:8), guard (1 Tim. 6:20), be strong (2 Tim. 2:1), and commit(1 Tim. 1:18; 2:2). So vital is sound doctrine to the health of the church that it is something to be pursued (1 Tim. 6:11), fought for (1 Tim. 6:12), and even suffered for (2 Tim. 1:8; 2:3,)
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As Grace Harbor is committed to teach the Word of God verse by verse, exalt God, and give Him Glory. We feel you will feel right at home in the presence of God.
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